Secular Dharma Foundation

40200 Sunridge Ct.                                                                                                                                                                                            Paonia, CO 81428                                                                                                                                                                                             website:                                                                                                                                                              

Description of Organization:

Secular Dharma Foundation was formed in December 2017 by Dave Smith and Shannon Smith. Over the last six years they have developed and provided multiple programs in a variety of context. We have online courses relating to secular mindfulness, Buddhist Recovery and a Buddhist inspired relational mindfulness program. They have developed and delivered Mindfulness E.A.S.T which is a clinical program for mental health, addiction and trauma that addresses emotional burnout and emotional suffering. The program was inspired by the work of Paul Ekman and Daniel Goleman. Towards the end of Covid a 15-month program was developed and provided that included three residential retreats and a full online curriculum. A podcast is being developed that aligns with their mission Mindfulness Based Ethical Living at program at four different meditation centers.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, a Women in Buddhism grant in the amount of $10,000 was awarded to support the development of programs geared for mothers throughout Buddhist communities. Leadership is often translated to the administration or teaching of programs and institutions – and though these are incredibly important and visible roles that should be encouraged and promoted – many times the women who can fulfill those positions do so because they do not have immediate mothering responsibilities. Those who are in the deep practice of parenting often report that traditional programming isn’t meeting their needs, or they lose traction in organizations and become overlooked or underserved. This grant will serve as a means of developing new ways to promote practice and leadership opportunities for women and mothers in Buddhism. The goal is to support the role of women in a wide range of contemplative programs.