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.


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

Winton Higgins asserts that ‘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

Secular Buddhism and the real reasons to meditate

Mike Slott argues that the goal of meditation is to become a more mindful and compassionate person, one who can contribute to creating a society in which all human beings can flourish.

By Mike Slott

A review of After Buddhism – focussing dharma for years to come

Winton Higgins reviews Stephen Batchelor’s 2015 book After Buddhism, discussing the book’s key themes and its contribution to the development of a secular dharma for our age.

By Winton Higgins


Secularity, religion and being human

By Winton Higgins

Wisdom and compassion in a globalised world

By Winton Higgins

Why use meditation and reflection?

By Linda Modaro

Secular Buddhism: scientistic versus interpretive

By Winton Higgins

Creating & maintaining a secular dharma community is not easy

By Leon Frampton

Making the most of the human condition #4

By Winton Higgins

Not-self and the narcissism epidemic

By Winton Higgins

From religious hierarchies to democratic secular sanghas

By Winton Higgins