Fostering debate and dialogue among practitioners

One of our objectives is to create a space where people can discuss, in a respectful and constructive way, the different perspectives found among secular Buddhist practitioners. Such a dialogue is essential to creating a secular dharma relevant to our contemporary age. 

On this page you will find blogs and book reviews which reflect some of the varied perspectives among secular Buddhists.


SBN guidelines for contributors and readers’ comments

As a ‘hub’ or space where dialogue is fostered and resources and experiences are shared among secular Buddhists, we will adhere to certain guidelines for contributors and readers' comments which are consistent with our approach and our intention to play a constructive role in the development of a secular approach to the dharma.

By SBN Editor

From meditation retreats to dharma path immersives

While meditation retreats are extremely valuable, they are limited in some important respects. We need to develop more inclusive forms of intensive practice which help us cultivate each of the essential dimensions of of the Eightfold Path in an integrated way.

By Mike Slott

A review of Ron Purser’s ‘McMindfulness: the new capitalist spirituality’

The title says it all. In McMindfulness: how mindfulness became the new capitalist spirituality, Ron Purser offers a scathing criticism of how the Buddhist practice of mindfulness has been transformed into a method to reduce the stress levels of individuals in a competitive, capitalist society. Is he right?

By Mike Slott

The goal of secular Buddhist meditation practice

According to Winton Higgins, 'We meditate to experience this world and this life as vividly as possible. Intensely. The way we experience it reflects back at us – it tells us who we are and where we’re at in this moment.'

By Winton Higgins

Bhikkhu Bodhi on traditional versus secular Buddhism

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi explores the differences between traditional and secular forms of Buddhism, and expresses concern that both approaches have viewed political activism as marginal to the dharmic path.

By Bhikkhu Bodhi


Making the most of the human condition #1

By Winton Higgins

Should secular Buddhists be socially-engaged Buddhists?

By Mike Slott

From religious hierarchies to democratic secular sanghas

By Winton Higgins

A dharmic understanding of evil: the banality of climate change

By Winton Higgins

Making the most of the human condition #2

By Winton Higgins

The dharma as culture of awakening – developing a sanghic life

By Winton Higgins

Reflections on the Second Noble Truth: it’s more than craving

By Mike Slott

The politics of decency vs markets and overweening private interests

By Winton Higgins