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Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #41 February 2023
Welcome to the February 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight an interview with Nelly Kaufer and Linda Modaro on their new book on reflective meditation, a practitioner’s account of his journey to secular Buddhism, and a new article by Dennis SengTing Oliver. We also feature an important 2015 dharma talk by Winton Higgins on a secular approach to Insight meditation.
An interview with Nelly Kaufer and Linda Modaro on Reflective Meditation
In an interview with SBN, Nelly Kaufer and Linda Modaro discussed dharma teaching, their reflective meditation approach, and their new book, Reflective Meditation: Cultivating Kindness and Curiosity in the Buddha’s Company.
Exploring a secular dharma: SBN’s online course
Registrations are now open for SBN’s free online course on exploring a secular dharma. Participants in the course will go through the course modules, discuss the topics in each module with each other, and meet on Zoom every two weeks with the instructors for the course.
A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Ronn
Ronn Smith began an intensive study of Buddhism at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) in 2008 and then gravitated toward a secular approach through an engagement with Stephen Batchelor’s writings. For Ronn, the ethical and philosophical dimensions of secular dharma are crucial; in particular, the emphasis on flourishing and care rather than on suffering.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #40 January 2023
Welcome to our January 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight new articles by Lenorë Lambert, John Danvers, and Seth Zuiho Segall, a practitioner’s account of his journey to secular Buddhism, and Dave Smith’s online weekly practice community.
An introduction to secular Buddhism
For those who are curious about or interested in secular Buddhism and want to learn about this relatively new trend within Buddhism, this article will provide a helpful starting point for exploring a secular approach to the dharma.
A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Steve
Steve Holdsambeck and his family were deeply involved for many years in the southern (USA) Methodist Church. However, through a very emotional and difficult transition, he began to question his Christian faith and developed an increasing interest in meditation, which eventually led to an interest in Stephen Batchelor’s books and secular Buddhism.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #39 December 2022
Welcome to our December 2022 newsletter. This month we highlight a series of workshops by Stephen Batchelor on Mindfulness Based Ethical Living,  a practitioner’s account of his journey to secular Buddhism,  a new article by Bernat Font-Clos, and an online course on the dharma of social engagement offered by David Loy.
Stephen Batchelor’s program on Mindfulness Based Human Flourishing
Stephen Batchelor offered a series of four workshops last month on the topic of ‘Mindfulness Based Human Flourishing (MBHF): The Ethics and Philosophy of Mindful Living’.  The workshops explored  the role of mindfulness practice as a key to flourishing in every aspect of human life.
A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Keith
Keith Clanton’s initial religious experience was with Christianity but he has been interested in Buddhism for many decades. He finds that Buddhist teachings in a secular/agnostic form fit well with how he sees the world. Keith has taken vows with a group called the Secular Buddhist Tradition (SBT) and is also active in various SBN groups.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #38 November 2022
Welcome to our November 2022 newsletter. This month we highlight new articles by Robert M. Ellis, Carmel Shalev and Mike Slott, a practitioner’s account of her journey to secular Buddhism, and a Kickstarter funding project for a new book on reflective meditation.
A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Katie
Katie first became interested in meditation and Buddhism through her yoga practice. She found that secular Buddhism’s focus on how we can live a good and full life while we are here deeply resonated with her. 
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #37 October 2022
Welcome to our October 2022 newsletter. This month we highlight new articles by Carmel Shalev and Arnie Kozak, a dialogue on secular dharma, a practitioner’s account of his journey to secular Buddhism, and an upcoming workshop led by Stephen Batchelor on Mindfulness Based Human Flourishing.
A dialogue on secular dharma
At an online program on Perspectives on Secular Dharma, Stephen Batchelor, Seth Zuihō Segall, Karsten Struhl, and Mike Slott engaged in a wide-ranging dialogue on key topics related to a secular approach to the dharma.
A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Ira
As a journalist, Ira met some of Buddhism’s most important teachers and became interested in the dharma. As an agnostic, he finds a secular approach particularly valuable because there is less emphasis on beliefs and more on what contributes to wellbeing in this life.