|To facilitate in-person contacts and the development of local sanghas, we have established a listing for individuals looking to meet others in their geographical area. If you want to connect with others in a local sangha, please click here and add your name to the listing.|
USA Online and national
Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism
Branded iSecularBuddhist, the Association for Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism advocates, introduces and teaches the benefits of these practices without reference to god(s), gurus or supernatural forces to the diverse secular communities in the USA and around the world. Their podcast focuses largely on ‘recovering from religion’.
Noah Rasheta – Secular Buddhism Podcast
Offers a podcast for secular-minded people who are interested in learning about Buddhist philosophy.
Secular Buddhist Association (USA)
A grassroots-driven effort to answer the needs of this teaching and practice for contemporary society, SBA recognizes that the rich cultural setting of traditional Buddhism is wonderful in its own right, and that there is an opportunity for it to evolve in ways more suited to other cultural contexts as well. SBA is the home of The Secular Buddhist podcast, a great resource.
USA Local groups
Bellevue Dharma Group
A group of Buddhist meditators studying and practicing the dharma in Bellevue, Washington, we meet twice a month, usually on the first and third Tuesday. We study teachings and suttas primarily from early Buddhism, but also from modern commentators.
Cambridge Secular Mindfulness Group
Rick Heller leads the secular mindfulness group in Cambridge MA, at which people are invited to explore a variety of meditations, including mindfulness of breath, ambient sound and loving-kindness meditation. A discussion follows the meditation. No experience necessary.
For more information, email Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mindful Reflection Community of Unity Temple UU Congregation
The Mindful Reflection Community is a lay-led organization of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oak Park, Illinois. It is open to all who are interested in exploring meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist teachings. We do not follow one traditional Buddhist lineage but are interested in all lineages as well as secular/liberal/western/modern interpretations of Buddhism.
For more information, email Terry at email@example.com.
New York Insight – Secular Sangha
Come join us to explore a secular or naturalistic approach to the dharma which also recognizes the importance of social engagement and political activism as an integral part of our path.
The sangha welcomes not only individuals who are already interested in a secular, socially engaged approach, but those who are curious and want to learn more about it. Through meditation and group discussions, we will support each other in our practice with a commitment to human flourishing and social change in this life.
For more information, email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pine Street Sangha
Pine Street Sangha is a community of dharma friends and teachers offering a reflective meditation approach based on early Buddhist teaching in support of spiritual development and healing; a refuge for kindness and curiosity. The sangha is led by Nelly Kaufer.
Red Tree Yoga and Meditation Center
Located in Tuscon, Arizona, the Red Tree Yoga and Meditation Center is ‘dedicated to helping you wake up’ and embraces a secular form of meditation and Buddhism. Tim Clark is the founder.
Sarasota Florida – Mindfulness-Based Human Flourishing Group
The group meets weekly at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. Members are invited to join in exploring, practicing, and cultivating mindfulness practices to lead a more flourishing life. Meetings include meditations, teachings, and discussions.
Contact: Steve at MindfulnessBHFsarasota@gmail.com
A community of meditators led by teacher Linda Modaro who practice a thoughtful, open-minded and open-hearted approach to insight meditation which honours all aspects of our experience, offering unique ways to learn and practice meditation, both online and in person.
For information on Sati Sangha retreats: http://www.reflectivemeditationretreat.com/
Secular Dharma Foundation
Dave Smith is a meditation teacher in the insight meditation tradition. His primary focus of interest has been in early Buddhism and he has established the Secular Dharma Foundation to support his teaching and training projects.
Founded by Trina-Rae Cuff, Hope Sangha in Calgary, Alberta, Canada provides an opportunity for like-minded and curious individuals to gather, meditate together, hold discussion, learn from each other, and build community. Meeting facilitators and monthly topics will rotate based on volunteer commitment or will otherwise be facilitated by Trina-Rae. Currently, the sangha is meeting the first Friday of the month at an inner-city yoga and meditation studio (Yoga MCC) from 6:30-8:00pm.
For more information or to register, email email@example.com or visit www.hopeyogayyc.com.