ABOUT US

Our Intention

This website is a space where people can engage with like-minded others, an interactive focal point where secular dharma practitioners can make our work as accessible as possible. Maintained by a group of contributors in different countries, our intention is that this website becomes a hub in a global secular Buddhist network, helping to connect individuals and communities that are interested in developing a secular understanding and practice of the dharma.

An initiative taken by Mike Slott and Ramsey Margolis, this project is a contribution both to individual transformation and a fundamental realignment of our society’s priorities. Intended neither to replace nor be a substitute for an existing community that is part of the secular Buddhist trend, the aim of this website is to foster dialogue and a critical examination of issues related to secular dharma, while strengthening the bonds of community and collective efforts among secular Buddhists. 

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.