ABOUT US

Our Intention

The Secular Buddhist Network (SBN) is an interactive focal point where secular dharma practitioners can share their perspectives, initiatives, and practices. Maintained by a group of contributors in different countries, SBN does not intend to either replace or be a substitute for any existing community or organization that is part of the secular Buddhist trend. We hope to foster dialogue and the critical examination of issues related to secular dharma, while strengthening the bonds of community among secular Buddhists.

Through this project, we hope to contribute to human flourishing – both to individual transformation and a fundamental realignment of our society’s priorities. Our goal is for SBN to be a support for practitioners on a shared journey towards the realization of personal and social priorities that serve the individuals, communities and world in which we live. 

The SBN guidelines for contributors and readers’ comments are based on our objectives and approach. 

MEET THE SBN TEAM

RAMSEY MARGOLIS

A member of the Tuwhiri Project editorial board and Tuwhiri’s publisher, Ramsey has played a key role in facilitating the development of secular Buddhist communities. Ramsey enjoys mentoring secular dharma practitioners from his home in Wellington, New Zealand.

MIKE SLOTT

A 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, ‘Reimagining Community’.

BERNAT FONT

A graduate of the Gaia House Community Dharma Leadership programme, Bernat guides a meditation community he founded in Barcelona. He is in teacher training at Bodhi College, holds an MA in Buddhist Studies, and continues towards his PhD at the University of Bristol.

LINDA MODARO

A meditation teacher and founder of Sati Sangha in California, Linda is developing a reflective approach to meditation that helps meditators to integrate the teachings of early Buddhism into their lives. She has a keen interest in teacher training. 

MARTINE BATCHELOR

A Buddhist teacher and author, Martine lives in southwest France with her husband, Stephen Batchelor, and leads seminars and meditation retreats worldwide. She is interested in social action, religion and women’s issues, and the Silver Sante Study exploring whether meditation can help ageing.

STEFANO BETTERA

A journalist and author whose most recent book is “Il Buddha era una persona concreta” (Rizzoli) (2019), Stefano participated in the Secular Dharma course at Bodhi College with Stephen Batchelor. His current research aims to define a practice and philosophical life for the modern world based on a dialogue between Buddhist teachings and Western culture. 

STEPHEN BATCHELOR

A Buddhist teacher and writer best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism, Stephen is one of the core faculty of Bodhi College, an educational organisation offering in-depth study of early Buddhist teachings.

LORNA EDWARDS

Is a member of the secular dharma group in Cardiff, South Wales, and has taken part in the two-year Bodhi College course, ‘Secular Dharma: study, practice and community’.

Lorna practices as a systemic psychotherapist and loves exploring resonances between the dharma and literature: poetry and prose.  

WINTON HIGGINS

A member of the Tuwhiri Project editorial board, Winton has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1987 and a teacher of insight meditation since 1995. He is a senior teacher for Sydney Insight Meditators and Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand.

BEV COTTON

A supporter of the SBN project, Bev led the team which created the website. He provides ongoing web support and online marketing advice for the SBN.