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.


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

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

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

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


Transforming ourselves and transforming the world

By Mike Slott

Secular Buddhism and the real reasons to meditate

By Mike Slott

Taking a second look at Radical Dharma through the lens of social class

By Mike Slott

Why I am not a secular Buddhist

By Seth Zuihō Segall

Engaged Buddhists need radical social theory

By Mike Slott

Meditating without nirvana: a transformative experience

By Mike Slott

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

By Mike Slott

Meditating with and for each other

By Mike Slott