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.  

MEET THE SBN TEAM

RAMSEY MARGOLIS

A member of the Tuwhiri Project editorial board and Tuwhiri’s publisher, Ramsey enjoys mentoring secular dharma practitioners from his home in Wellington, New Zealand. He contributes to our newsletter, ‘Reimagining Community’.

 www.tuwhiri.nz/about

www.ramseymargolis.com 

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 a member of New York Insight (NYI) in the USA and principal editor of 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. • sanghasecular.org

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. 

• www.satisangha.org 

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.

• martinebatchelor.org

Jonas Costa

JONAS COSTA

A secular Buddhist practitioner in southern Brazil, Jonas puts together videos for Secular Buddhist Network and others.

budhismosecularbrasil.org

JIM CHAMPION

First encountering secular Buddhism in 2016, Jim is a member of the Middle Way Society and works in Abingdon in the UK as a Physics teacher.

He is involved in the production of books for The Tuwhiri Project. 

middlewaysociety.org/tag/jim-champion

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.  

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. He is the author of After Buddhism and many key secular Buddhist works.

• stephenbatchelor.org

• bodhi-college.org

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.

wintonhiggins.org

•sydneyinsightmeditators.org/