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.


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

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


Meditating with and for each other

By Mike Slott

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

By Mike Slott

Three simple words with which to meet our ‘digital’ lives

By Dan Nixon

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

By Mike Slott

Why I am not a secular Buddhist

By Seth Zuihō Segall

A missed opportunity: a review of ‘Secularizing Buddhism’

By Mike Slott

Relationality is crucial for a coherent secular Buddhism

By Gregory Kramer

Robert M. Ellis’s rejoinder to Winton Higgins’s comments on ‘Middle Way Philosophy and Secular Buddhism’

By Robert M. Ellis