DEBATE & DIALOGUE 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 […]
THE SECULAR BUDDHIST NETWORK Secular Buddhists and communities worldwide In the short time since secular Buddhism has emerged as a distinct trend, a number of communities have been set up around the world. While secular Buddhism is a global phenomenon, most secular Buddhists are found in English-speaking countries, but this is changing rapidly. On this […]
COURSES & RETREATS Exploring secular Buddhism through courses and retreats For those who want an introduction to secular Buddhism, or who wish to explore key ideas in secular Buddhism more thoroughly, there are a number of excellent courses and retreats to choose from. They range from self-paced, online courses to the two-year course on secular […]
CREATING COMMUNITY Starting & sustaining a secular Buddhist sangha The Vietnamese Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh once said that ‘the next Buddha will be a sangha’. Secular Buddhists believe that creating and sustaining democratic sanghas is crucial not just for individual transformation but to promoting an egalitarian culture of awakening in which all beings can […]
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The Contributors WINTON HIGGINS Winton Higgins was born in Sydney in November 1941. He graduated in arts and law from Sydney University, and practised at the Bar for three years until 1969, when he moved to Europe, where he gained post-graduate qualifications in social science at the universities of Stockholm and London (LSE). BY WINTON […]
ABOUT SECULAR BUDDHISM Essential elements and key ideas of secular Buddhism Adhering to the pragmatic and ethical guidelines for human flourishing taught by the historical Buddha, Gotama, secular Buddhists set aside the cultural and supernatural overlays that Buddhism has acquired as it has traveled around the world. We do not pretend that ours is the definitive […]
Something that goes by the name ‘mindfulness meditation’ is a hot commodity these days. You can find many models on the market, some are more or less expensive, and of varying quality (like cars and dishwashers). The brands that are on the market either claim claiming origins in the Buddhist tradition, which lends them the kudos and the aura of ancient wisdom, or studiously avoid doing so.
Responsible citizenship goes to the core of our ethical commitments as dharma practitioners. So the existential threat to ourselves and all other life-forms, that climate change poses, must stand high on our civic agenda. It mightily evokes the overarching ethic of the dharma – the ethic of care – understood both as concernful awareness, and as a prompt to action.
The mythical figure of Mara in the Pali canon provides us with an obvious starting point for understanding evil. He appears again and again to the Buddha and his advanced disciples, preferably when they’re meditating. He’s disguised as a well-meaning stranger offering friendly, banal advice, the import of which would throw the hearer right off course if s/he heeded him.