Creating and sustaining secular Buddhist community

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 flourish. If you have any questions or would like assistance and advice on setting up and running a successful secular dharma community, send us a message through the form on the Contact page.

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


Creating a Buddhist community – connections that work

Stephen Batchelor explains how ‘community is not something you join or something that you find. It’s something you create. Community is a practice of … forging and developing connections and friendships and relationships.’

By Stephen Batchelor

Four bonds of fellowship that help build community

Martine Batchelor discusses the four bonds of fellowship that help build community at a Gaia House talk. What are these four bonds? Generosity, kind words, beneficial help and consistency.

By Martine Batchelor

Dharma and community for meditators

Winton Higgins has written extensively about democratic communities and the development of secular Buddhism. In this article Winton offers some defining characteristics of a democratic sangha.

By Winton Higgins

Bringing secular dharma practitioners together

Ramsey Margolis sets out his experience of creating and sustaining a secular dharma community in Aotearoa New Zealand, and offers some practical tips on how to make one work.

By Ramsey Margolis


Secular Buddhism and democratic communities: sanghas r us 

By Winton Higgins

Australia’s newest secular buddhist community 

By SBN Editor

A “Re~Collection” on building, renewing, and sustaining sanghas 

By Jennifer Hawkins

Creating & maintaining a secular dharma community is not easy 

By Leon Frampton

Wellington’s Simply Meditation renamed: One Mindful Breath 

By Ramsey Margolis

Sylvie Vanasse on secular Buddhist sangha: admirable friendship 

By Sylvie Vanasse

Sangha essentials – creating community & bonding 

By Winton Higgins

Creating a secular Buddhist association in the USA 

By Mark Knickelbine