Our Intention

The Secular Buddhist Network (SBN) is an interactive space where secular dharma practitioners can share their perspectives, initiatives, and practices with each other. Maintained by a group of contributors in different countries, SBN does not intend to replace any existing community or organization that is part of the Secular Buddhist trend, and it is open to Buddhists who are members of sanghas which have a non-secular orientation. We hope to foster dialogue and the critical examination of issues related to secular dharma, while strengthening the bonds of community among Secular Buddhists.

While SBN advocates an approach to the dharma which is secular and focuses on human flourishing in this life, SBN encourages discussion and debate concerning a variety of philosophical, political, and ethical perspectives which are relevant to developing a secular dharma for meeting the fundamental challenges of our contemporary life. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to express their own viewpoint, and we endeavor to maintain an open and curious mind when listening to all views, no matter how challenging to our own they may be. Having no central authority that serves as a locus of truth, our understanding evolves through our practice and interactions with each other.

Through this project, we hope to contribute to the decrease of human suffering and to human flourishing – both to individual transformation and a fundamental realignment of our planetary priorities. We also seek to decrease the suffering of other sentient beings as well as to promote the flourishing of all conditions that sustain life on this planet. Our goal is for SBN to be a resource and 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. 



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, Rethinking the Dharma/Reimagining Community.

CLICK HERE for Mike’s articles.


Alex is the lead facilitator for One Mindful Breath, a secular Buddhist sangha based in Wellington, New Zealand. An experienced mediation teacher, Alex focuses on sharing the benefits of practising secular Buddhism and continues to explore how the Dharma can help focus social engagement and political action.

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Bernat met the dharma at a very young age and has practiced in Europe, India and Myanmar, gradually putting aside his artistic career. He has trained as a teacher with the Bodhi College and is doing a PhD in Buddhist Studies. He teaches in English, Catalan, and Spanish.

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A yoga and mindfulness teacher, Ciara is one of the teachers of SBN’s online course on secular Buddhism. Ciara takes a reflective approach to teaching that incorporates elements of early Buddhism, exploring ethics as embodied practice. She participated in the first Secular Dharma course at Bodhi College. Ciara is also an organic farmer, environmental educator and activist.


A medical doctor who founded and now heads the German Buddha-Stiftung, Jochen has been on Buddha’s path together with Stephen and Martine Batchelor for 25 years. He has been a meditation and MBSR teacher for 20 years. Jochen gives Dhamma talks, leads meditations and discussion groups, and organizes the events of Buddha-Stiftung.


Karsten J. Struhl teaches political philosophy and cross-cultural philosophy at the New School for Public Engagement in New York City. He has a special interest in developing a radically engaged Buddhism and has written about the intersection of Buddhism and Marxism. He is currently writing a book entitled Interrogating Buddhist Philosophy: A Sympathetic Reconstruction. He has practiced vipassanā meditation for the last 35 years.


A secular dharma teacher, entrepreneur, psychologist, and World Champion Masters track and field athlete, Lenorë is the founder of Beaches Sangha in Sydney and author of the book “The Buddha for Modern Minds: A non-religious guide to the Buddha and his teachings”. She has been practicing since 2004 and has a passion for bringing the dharma into everyday life.

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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. 

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A psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher in Wales, Lorna is one of the teachers of SBN’s online course on secular Buddhism. She is curious as to how Stephen Batchelor’s Four Tasks can help us to change how we live so as to care for planet Earth and practice social justice.

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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.

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A supporter of the SBN project, Phoebe is part of the team that developed the website. She provides ongoing web support and online marketing advice for the SBN. She lives in Skibbereen, Ireland.


A member of the Tuwhiri editorial board and Tuwhiri’s publisher, Ramsey started to meditate in 1995. He first ran a secular Buddhist study group in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, in 2007. Ramsey is Editor of Creative Dharma, a newsletter, a recent Tuwhiri initiative.

CLICK HERE for Ramsey’s articles.


A longtime practitioner in Secular and Theravada Buddhism, Saskia is a graduate of the Systematic Study of Buddhism at Tibetisches Zentrum Hamburg. She is an evolutionary humanist. At Buddha-Stiftung, she is co-responsible for development and moderation of online courses, discussion groups and meditations.


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. 

CLICK HERE for Stefano’s articles.


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.

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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.

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