The concept of authority in Buddhism shouldn’t be complicated — yet it is. Many of us are already familiar with the Kalama Sutta‘s talk about how we shouldn’t rely on outside authorities but weigh what we’re told against our own experience. For many here this was one of the first reasons we became interested in [...]
The Three Marks of Existence is important in Buddhism, because it means we start to see things, situations as they really are. Everything is impermanent, suffering is a part of existence (for living things anyway), and nothing exists in and of itself, without dependencies. The three marks of existence is not an idea or theory [...]
This week William Irvine, a philosophy professor in at Wright State University in Ohio, wrote a short piece for TIME magazine on insults (he is the author of a book on the topic). The premise is relatively simple: we are social animals driven by desires to reach the top and, of course, to hold back others who [...]
I recall when I first started studying Buddhism how surprised and unsettled I felt at all the talk of dispassion and letting go.
Ethan Nichtern Ethan Nichtern speaks with us about The Interdependence Project. Taking new forms. Neither Buddhism, nor any religious form, is immune to the process of evolution. And what forms will those take in our contemporary culture? Much of that is based on communication, conveying messages across different media, and using technology to support that [...]
Mark Knickelbine SBA Board Member Mark Knickelbine speaks with us about secular approaches to a contemplative practice, and the new Practice Circle. There are many ways to approach secular practice. You might, for example, come to Buddhism from a different religious tradition, and find that the teaching is helping you, but the supernatural assertions as [...]
Brad Warner Zen teacher Brad Warner speaks with us about his new book, Hardcore Zen Strikes Again. Zen stories are filled with teachers doing odd things. Their behaviors, their words, can often rub people the wrong way as the softness of social constraint gives way to pointing out the realities we often lose sight of, [...]
Thupten Lekshe Thupten Lekshe joins us to provide insights and companionable discussion on the potential benefits and challenges to secular Buddhism. There are a lot of discussions online lately, about a wide variety of topics. And it seems that, for some reason, very few of them are in the polite tone we use face to [...]
Everything is process. Tony explore Buddhist without the ideas of mind-reading, reincarnation, etc. From dharmaseed.org
Ted Meissner is the host of The Secular Buddhist podcast and the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association. In this episode with host Vincent Horn chief geek at Buddhist Geeks, Ted shares examples of secular Buddhism, why he is skeptical but not cynical about religion, and he stresses what he thinks is the importance of [...]
An introduction to and overview of the concept of secular Buddhism. From Dharmaseed.org
There are precise and profound parallels between what Buddhism says about our individual predicament and our collective predicament today in relationship to the rest of the biosphere.
A conversation between secular Buddhist teacher Stephen Batchelor and Christian theologian Lloyd Geering, held at St Andrews on The Terrace in Wellington, New Zealand in November 2010.
Linda Blanchard has a YouTube series of talks on Skeptical Buddhism that is invaluable to someone seeking a less religious view of early Buddhist practice. Click Read More to see the entire series . . .
Scott Lohman from The Humanists of Minnesota interviews Ted Meissner on “Humanism and Buddhism”. Learn about the many commonalities between Humanism and Secular Buddhism.
From the QualiaSoup series of videos, this is a terrific examination of Critical Thinking.