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 articles and book reviews which reflect some of the varied perspectives among secular Buddhists.


Reexamining ‘truths’ and ‘tasks’ in secular Buddhism: a dialogue

Mike Slott, Winton Higgins, Stephen Batchelor, and Jonathan Golden discuss the relationship of truths and tasks in a secular approach to the dharma.

By SBN Editor

Robert M. Ellis and Winton Higgins discuss Middle Way Philosophy and Secular Buddhism

Robert M. Ellis and Winton Higgins engage in a discussion about Middle Way Philosophy and secular Buddhism, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of each perspective.

By SBN Editor

How do we know if secular Buddhism is the ‘appropriate’ view and path?

While we cannot definitively know that secular Buddhism is the most ‘appropriate’ approach to the dharma in some universal sense, Mike Slott asserts that each individual can determine whether secular Buddhism is an ‘appropriate’ view and path for their own life based on their experiences, interests, and goals.

By Mike Slott

Seth Zuihō Segall and Winton Higgins debate the meaning and value of secular Buddhism

Beginning with Seth Zuihō Segall’s article, ‘Why I am not a secular Buddhist,’ Seth and Winton Higgins have engaged in a dialogue on SBN about the meaning and value of secular Buddhism. They have discussed the notion of secularity, religion and religious experience, the role of community, and other key issues.

By SBN Editor

Secular Buddhism: new vision or yet another of the myths it claims to cure?

Akincano Weber raises several concerns about secular Buddhism. In his view, advocates of secular Buddhism tend to promote, a ‘flatland Buddhism’ which overlooks the difference between a numinous personal experience in which one may feel connected to something beyond their self-construct and which may be truly transforming—and a metaphysical statement or supernatural belief.

By Akincano Weber


Engaged Buddhists need radical social theory

By Mike Slott

Meditating with and for each other

By Mike Slott

Should secular Buddhists be socially-engaged Buddhists?

By Mike Slott

Meditating without nirvana: a transformative experience

By Mike Slott

Secular Buddhism and the real reasons to meditate

By Mike Slott

A response to ‘The core life tasks and beliefs for a radically engaged Buddhist’

By Winton Higgins

Avoiding the conceit of superiority: a cautionary note for secular Buddhists

By Mike Slott

Three marks of existence, or three factors of human experience?

By Mike Slott