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An interview with Seth Segall on his new book, The House We Live In
SBN interviewed Seth Zuihō Segall about his new book, The House We Live in: Virtue, Wisdom, and Pluralism. In this book Seth offers a theory of ethics and flourishing based on Aristotle, Buddha, and Confucius.

Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #50 November 2023
Welcome to our November 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight new articles by Winton Higgins, Keith Jackson, and Mike Slott/Katya de Kadt.  We also feature a  practitioner's account of her journey to secular Buddhism and a statement on Israel/Palestine.

Buddhist modernism and secular Buddhism
Winton Higgins discusses the differences between Buddhist modernism, which established itself in the west in the 1960s, and a fully secular approach to the dharma.

A Secular Buddhist Credo
Keith Jackson offers a secular Buddhist credo rooted in the perspectives of the Greek philosopher Epicurus, the young Marx, Thomas Nail, and the Buddha.

Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #49 October 2023
Welcome to our October 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight two educational programs: an online course on secular Buddhism and socially engaged Buddhism in October and a retreat in December led by Stephen Batchelor, Winton Higgins, and Lenorë Lambert on secular dharma and ethical living.  We also feature a review by Mike Slott of David McMahan's new book on meditation, a practitioner's account of his journey to secular Buddhism, and a new article by Jochen Weber.

Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #48 September 2023
Welcome to our September 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight new articles by Pedro Bellora, Tom Cummings, and Linda Modaro/Nelly Kaufer. In addition, we introduce a new tool to facilitate the formation of local sanghas and highlight a workshop on secular Buddhism and socially engaged Buddhism..

Contributors
MEET SBN'S SUPPORTERS AND CONTRIBUTORSMIKE SLOTTA long-time political and labor movement activist, Mike continues to explore the intersection between secular Buddhism and socially engaged Buddhism. He is an active member and practice leader with New York Insight (NYI) in the USA, and editor of the SBN website and our newsletter, Rethinking the Dharma/Reimagining Community. CLICK […]

Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #43 April 2023
Welcome to our April 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight an interview with Stephen Batchelor on Mindfulness Based Ethical Living, a new article by Bhikkhu Santi, a practitioner's account of her journey to secular Buddhism,  and an upcoming secular dharma retreat with Stephen Batchelor, Winton Higgins, and Lenorë Lambert.

Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #41 February 2023
Welcome to the February 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight an interview with Nelly Kaufer and Linda Modaro on their new book on reflective meditation, a practitioner's account of his journey to secular Buddhism, and a new article by Dennis SengTing Oliver. We also feature an important 2015 dharma talk by Winton Higgins on a secular approach to Insight meditation.

An interview with Nelly Kaufer and Linda Modaro on Reflective Meditation
In an interview with SBN, Nelly Kaufer and Linda Modaro discussed dharma teaching, their reflective meditation approach, and their new book, Reflective Meditation: Cultivating Kindness and Curiosity in the Buddha's Company.

A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Ronn
Ronn Smith began an intensive study of Buddhism at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) in 2008 and then gravitated toward a secular approach through an engagement with Stephen Batchelor's writings. For Ronn, the ethical and philosophical dimensions of secular dharma are crucial; in particular, the emphasis on flourishing and care rather than on suffering.

What is human flourishing?
Mike Slott offers an account of human flourishing which incorporates Buddhist insights, Marx’s view of human nature, and Martha Nussbaum’s capabilities approach. To flourish, we need to cultivate mindfulness and compassion while creating a society which provides the resources and support for human flourishing for all.

What are the core elements of a secular approach to the dharma?
At a recent online meeting of leaders and facilitators of secular Buddhist groups, organizations, and sanghas, various perspectives were offered on the best way to define or describe a secular approach to the dharma.

Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #33 June 2022
Welcome to our June 2022 newsletter. This month we highlight a dharma talk by Winton Higgins, articles by Brad Park and Mike Slott, and an interview with a practitioner on his journey to secular Buddhism.

Getting Started
GETTING STARTEDMany Paths to Secular BuddhismHow did you find your way to this website? Did you participate in a traditional Buddhist sangha and found that a more secular approach makes more sense to you? Are you interested in religion or philosophy and have an interest in exploring a new perspective? Did you take a Mindfulness- […]