This is the first issue of Reimagining Community – the successor to ‘In This Moment’, the Aotearoa New Zealand secular Buddhist newsletter. It will go out monthly with news and updates from a brand new website at secularbuddhistnetwork.org.
While the Eightfold Path is an essential framework and guide for traditional and secular Buddhists, the goal of the path for secular Buddhists is not nirvana but human flourishing in this life. This requires us to reinterpret the meaning and function of the eight path factors.
… The consummate guide to Stephen Batchelor’s After Buddhism: Rethinking the dharma for a secular age – use it to run a course or deepen your own understanding.
Check out the list of secular Buddhist groups and communities in the USA.
In his 2015 book After Buddhism Stephen Batchelor argues that the goal of meditation for secular Buddhists is not achieving nirvana but gaining an embodied understanding of our experiences from moment to moment.
One of the most valuable sources for Buddhist insights and teachings – from both secular as well traditional perspectives – is the plethora of dharma talks available to practitioners on the web.
OUR NEWSLETTER Receive our monthly newsletter Our newsletter, Rethinking the Dharma/Reimagining Community, goes out monthly with information and updates on: Upcoming courses and retreats of interests to secular Buddhist practitioners Reviews of important, new books, and articles on themes related to secular Buddhism The activities of secular Buddhist groups and communities New posts/articles to the […]
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT Creating a culture of awakening In western countries, many of those who practice meditation view Buddhism as a way to achieve greater freedom from their suffering. As practitioners who hold a secular approach, however, we also recognize the centrality of contributing to what Stephen Batchelor calls a ‘culture of awakening’, a world in […]
BOOKS & TALKS Books, podcasts, and interviews In the last twenty years the number of books, articles, dharma talks and podcasts related to secular Buddhism has grown enormously. Those who are curious about this approach to Buddhism will find a wide range of resources available to help them develop their understanding, and deepen their practice. […]
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 […]