One indication of the growing interest in secular Buddhism is the large number of books and articles that have been recently written on the topic or which discuss issues related to secular Buddhism.
Bodhi College’s Secular Dharma course takes a secular rather than a religious approach to the teachings of the Buddha. The course emphasizes the humanity of Gotama and the practical applications of his teaching in this world, and encourage each student to find his or her own way of practice within the secular/religious spectrum of their own lives.
Revamp: writings on secular Buddhism, Winton Higgins’s newest book, tracks the emergence of secular Buddhism, and has as its focus on today’s climate emergency and intensifying social injustice, as they cry out for radical socioeconomic and political change.
The Tuwhiri Project and the Secular Buddhist Network have created a free online course which explores the key ideas and practices of secular Buddhism. This course is mainly based on Stephen Batchelor’s book, After Buddhism: rethinking the dharma for a secular age, and the companion book published by The Tuwhiri Project, After Buddhism: a workbook, by Winton Higgins.
Bodhi College is offering an online course, After Buddhism and Beyond, that will include a comprehensive series of lectures, reflections, and discussions on the theme of Secular Dharma. The course will be taught by Stephen Batchelor and begins 13 February 2021. Registrations are still available.
Upcoming courses, workshops, and retreats led by Stephen Batchelor and other teachers which focus on issues essential to developing a secular dharma.
The Secular Buddhist Recovery Group on Facebook is a sangha of individuals who wish to learn, help and support each other in recovery from alcohol, drugs and other addictions using the practices and teachings of a nonsectarian approach to the Dharma. The group is for those who seek or are in recovery from addictions and for those with an interest in addiction recovery using a secular Dharma perspective.
Freida Maverick is giving a talk on secular dharma at the Hamilton City (New Zealand) Library on Sunday afternoon, 02 August. Freida will be discussing the topic based on her understanding of this new approach to Buddhism from reading Stephen Batchelor’s books and listening to his dharma talks
Even though secular Buddhists share a common framework, there is a wide variety of beliefs and practices among secular Buddhists. The same diversity characterizes the paths that led individuals to become interested in secular Buddhism and committed to a life based on cultivating compassion, care, mindfulness, and wisdom in the here and now.
Today we find ourselves in the grip of a scary epidemic. Ours is due to the coronavirus (aka Covid-19). Some great creative writers have used these occasions to plunge into their deeper human meaning, particularly Albert Camus’s The plague (1947), which bristles with dharmic resonances.