MEDITATION

Different ways to meditate, from a secular perspective

Among westerners, Buddhism is often considered to be simply meditation. This is a mistake, as what Gotama taught goes well beyond one practice. Meditation is, however, vital to the dharmic path and secular Buddhists have begun to explore several approaches to meditation which are consistent with the core elements of secular dharma. 


On this page you will find recommended reading to introduce and explore the subject, and more articles written by a number of leading secular dharma writers that will help you dig a little deeper.

RECOMMENDED READING

A secular approach to practicing meditation

Secular Buddhists can and do practice meditation in a variety of ways, but there is no secular Buddhist meditation practice per se. Instead, secular Buddhists bring a secular outlook and orientation to existing forms of meditation practice.

By SBN Editor


Secular Buddhist meditation: cultivating virtues and insights to promote human flourishing

Mike Slott argues that the purpose of meditation for secular Buddhists is to cultivate certain virtues and insights which are crucial to promoting human flourishing in this world, not the attainment of nirvana.

By Mike Slott


Getting started with secular meditation

Ramsey Margolis emphasizes that secular meditation is primarily about stillness and self-observation. When we sit regularly, we become becoming mindfully aware of not just the content of our thoughts but also the emotions and mind states that inform these thoughts.

By Ramsey Margolis


The basis of meditation

At a Sŏn-style retreat in which the question ‘What is this?’ is posed Martine Batchelor explains that all forms of meditation practice are all based on two fundamental elements – anchoring and experiential inquiry. 

By Martine Batchelor


Why use meditation and reflection?

Reflective meditation is a relatively new, non-formulaic and flexible meditation approach which many secular Buddhists have found to be very helpful in developing their practice.

By Linda Modaro


EXPLORE MEDITATION

Integrating contemplative practice into life

By Stephen Batchelor


The goal of secular Buddhist meditation practice

By Winton Higgins


Winton Higgins on Ron Purser’s “McMindfulness”

By Winton Higgins


Interwoven nature: reflections on reconnecting body, mind and world

By John Danvers


Buddhist and western philosophical perspectives on emptiness

By Gay Watson


My journey to secular Buddhism and the creation of the Exeter Meditation Circle

By John Danvers


On freedom and nirvana

By Stephen Batchelor


Responding to the coronavirus: reflections from the Pine Street Sangha and Sati Sangha

By Linda Modaro