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‘Perspectives on Secular Dharma’: an online program with Stephen Batchelor and others
The New York Insight Meditation Center is sponsoring an online program, ‘Perspectives on Secular Dharma,’ on 17 September. In this online program, Stephen Batchelor, Seth Zuiho Segall, Karsten Struhl and Mike Slott will explore these different perspectives in a panel discussion.
A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Kate
Kate’s interest in Buddhism began when she was a college student and developed further while she was a Peace Corps volunteer and program manager. Over time, she became increasingly skeptical of the adherence to hierarchy and rituals in many Buddhist traditions and moved toward a secular approach to the dharma, one which does not lean on enlightenment as a goal, but fosters a practice that is ethical, practical, compassionate and forward looking.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #35 August 2022
Welcome to our August 2022 newsletter. This month we highlight an interview with Stephen Batchelor on secular dharma, an article highlighting various perspectives on the core elements of secular Buddhism, a practitioner’s account of her journey to secular Buddhism, and an article by Seth Zuihō Segall on the relevance of John Dewey’s pragmatic philosophy for developing a theory and practice of human flourishing. 
An interview with Stephen Batchelor on secular dharma
In a recent interview Stephen Batchelor discussed the historical antecedents and development of secular Buddhism, the divergent ‘core logics’ of traditional and secular Buddhism, and the need to create a new Mindfulness Based Human Flourishing program.
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.
A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Katya
Katya grew up in a culturally Jewish, Leftist family in New York City and became involved with a Buddhist sangha in 2001. When her sangha refused to engage politically around issues of racism after the murder of George Floyd, she connected with the Secular Buddhist Network and has become an active participant.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #34 July 2022
Welcome to our July 2022 newsletter. This month we highlight a new article by Rick Heller, the opening of registrations for SBN’s online course on secular Buddhism, and a practitioner’s account of his journey to secular Buddhism. We also feature  an online workshop on dependent arising that was offered 13 June by two Bodhi College faculty and a Bodhi College event to memorialize Gary Born, a Trustee of the college and participant in SBN’s monthly discussion group, who recently passed away.
Understanding dependent arising
Bodhi College cofounders Christina Feldman and Akincano Weber discussed key aspects of dependent arising, a core notion of Buddhism, in a virtual workshop offered 13 June. The workshop was co-sponsored by Bodhi College and Tricycle magazine.
A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Tim
Tim grew up in a Christian household, but found a disconnect between his church’s teachings and how church members lived their lives. He was introduced to Buddhism over 20 years ago and learned about secular Buddhism in the course of his explorations. Colette Descent edited the interview for SBN.
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.
Our paths to secular Buddhism
Each month, we highlight the path that brought an individual to explore and then fully engage in a secular approach to the dharma.
A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Jeff
Jeff was deeply involved in orthodox Judaism for 15 years, but eventually moved away from this spiritual tradition to explore secular Buddhism: a non-dogmatic, ethical approach to life.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #32 May 2022
Welcome to our May 2022 newsletter.This month we highlight two  new articles by David Loy and John Danvers,  an interview with Colette Descent on her journey to secular Buddhism, an update on the SBN website, and a special offer from Tuwhiri, the secular Buddhist publishing imprint, for SBN newsletter subscribers.
A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Colette
Colette Descent is an active participant in several SBN groups. She is a member of the monthly online discussion group, the weekly meditation group, and is participating in the Spring 2022 SBN course on secular Buddhism, Exploring a Secular Dharma. We asked Colette about her path to becoming a secular Buddhist and how it has impacted her life.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #31 April 2022
Welcome to our April 2022 newsletter. This month we highlight a recent talk by Stephen Batchelor on an ethics of uncertainty, Dennis SengTing Oliver’s article on the emergence of Navayana Buddhism, and Seth Zuihō Segall’s proposal for a new model of eudainomic enlightenment as the goal of our practice.