A practitioner’s journey to secular Buddhism: Craig
Craig Murphy encountered Buddhist-inspired meditation practices through John Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR approach in the early 1990s. Craig has found that a secular approach which eschews metaphysics to be most consistent with his perspective toward life and society.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #48 September 2023
Welcome to our September 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight new articles by Pedro Bellora, Tom Cummings, and Linda Modaro/Nelly Kaufer. In addition, we introduce a new tool to facilitate the formation of local sanghas and highlight a workshop on secular Buddhism and socially engaged Buddhism..
Many secular dharma practitioners are looking for in-person sanghas to enrich their practice. To facilitate the development of local sanghas, SBN has established a listing for individuals looking to meet others in their geographical area.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #47 August 2023
Welcome to our August 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight new articles by Tom Cummings, Ira Rifkin, and Cedar Thokme. In addition, we have an interview with Dave Smith about his new MBEL program and announce the opening of the registration period for our Fall 2023 course on secular Buddhism.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #46 July 2023
Welcome to our July 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight new articles by Colette Descent and Keith Jackson, and provide an update on the development of a Mindfulness Based Ethical Living (MBEL) course based in the secular dharma.
Mindfulness Based Ethical Living (MBEL): an update
Since November 2022, eighteen people from twelve countries have been developing a new online course, Mindfulness Based Ethical Living (MBEL). The course will offer an ethical and philosophical framework for a flourishing life, based on a secular interpretation of the Buddhist foundation of mindfulness.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #45 June 2023
Welcome to our June 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight new articles by Pedro Bellora, Katya de Kadt, Colette Descent, and Caspar Harris, as well as a practitioner's account of his journey to secular Buddhism.
Tom Cummings initially practiced Vipassana meditation, but he has found that secular Buddhism's emphasis on our present human life as the one and only existence we have aligns well with the agnostic humanist perspective he has embraced for many years.
Rethinking the Dharma / Reimagining Community #44 May 2023
Welcome to our May 2023 newsletter. This month we highlight new articles by Kirk Mason and Mike Slott, a practitioner's account of his journey to secular Buddhism, and a workshop by Dave Smith on mindfulness and the Four Noble Truths.
Jim Bronson connected with the Theravāda tradition and Insight meditation over 20 years ago, after the death of his first wife. As a scientist, he was attracted to the secular aspects of Theravāda and began to learn more about secular Buddhism. He finds inspiration in Stephen Batchelor's view that ‘a secular Buddhist is one who is committed to the practice of the dharma for the sake of this world alone.’