One indication of the growing interest in secular Buddhism is the large number of books and articles that have been recently written on the topic or which discuss issues related to secular Buddhism. Below is a short selection of books and articles that you will find useful, including several articles critical of secular Buddhism.
The list below does not include books and articles by Stephen Batchelor, which you can find here.
- Batchelor, Martine – Let Go: A Buddhist guide to breaking free of habits
- Batchelor, Martine – Meditation for Life
- Blanchard, Linda – Dependent Arising in Context
- Flanagan, Owen – The Bodhisattava’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized
- Fronsdal, Gil – The Buddha before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings
- Heller, Rick – Secular Meditation: 32 Practices for cultivating inner peace, compassion, and joy
- Magid, Barry – Ending the Pursuit of Happiness
- McMahon, David – The Making of Buddhist Modernism
- Rabgye, Karma Yeshe – Life’s Meandering Path: A secular approach to Gautama Buddha’s guide to living
- Siff , Jason – Thoughts are not the enemy: an innovative approach to meditation practice
- Siff, Jason – Unlearning Meditation: What to do when the instructions get in the way
- Wright, Robert – Why Buddhism is true: the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment
Bodhi, Bhikkhu – “Facing the Great Divide,” Inquiring Mind, v. 31#2, Spring 2015. https://www.inquiringmind.com/article/3102_20_bodhi-facing-the-great-divide/
Contestabile, Bruno – “Secular Buddhism and Justice,” Contemporary Buddhism, v.19#2, 2018.
Fronsdal, Gil – “Natural Buddhism,” Insight Journal, 2014. https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/article/natural-buddhism/
Loy, David – “The Three Institutional Poisons: Challenging Collective Greed, Ill Will, and Delusion,” Insight Journal, Winter 2006. https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/article/the-three-institutional-poisons-challenging-collective-greed-ill-will-delusion/
McKay, Stephen, “Development Along the Path: Nirvana, numinous experience, and emptiness,” Insight Journal, 2018. https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/article/development-along-the-path-nirvana-numinous-experience-and-emptiness/
Peacock, John, “The Buddha Doesn’t Do Cozy,” Insight Journal, 2015. https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/article/the-buddha-doesnt-do-cozy/
Sofer, Oren Jay – “The Inherently Relational Nature of the Buddhist Path,” Insight Journal, 2019. https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/article/the-inherently-relational-nature-of-the-buddhist-path/
Slott, Michael – “Can You Be a Buddhist and a Marxist?” Contemporary Buddhism, v.12#2, 2011. https://www.academia.edu/8423778/Can_You_Be_a_Buddhist_and_a_Marxist
Slott, Michael – “Secular, Radically-Engaged Buddhism,” Contemporary Buddhism, v.16#2, 2015. https://www.academia.edu/9907118/Secular_Radically-Engaged_Buddhism
Verhaegen, Paul – “Good and Well: The Case for a Secular Buddhist Ethics,” Contemporary Buddhism, v.16#1, 2015.
Wallace, B. Alan – “Distorted Vision of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist,” Mandala, October 2010. https://fpmt.org/mandala/archives/mandala-issues-for-2010/october/distorted-visions-of-buddhism-agnostic-and-atheist/
Weber, Akincano – “Secular Buddhism: New vision or yet another of the myths it claims to cure?” Insight Journal, 2013. https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/article/secular-buddhism-new-vision-or-yet-another-of-the-myths-it-claims-to-cure/
Weber, Akincano – “Beyond Scientific Materialism and Religious Belief,” Bodhi College, 2018. https://bodhi-college.org/buddhist-articles-videos-links/beyond-scientific-materialism-and-religious-belief/
Wright, Dale – “A Philosophical Assessment of Secular Buddhism,” Insight Journal, 2015. https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/article/a-philosophical-assessment-of-secular-buddhism/