Tag: practice

Who Is The Ultimate Authority?

| July 23, 2012 | 37 Comments
Who Is The Ultimate Authority?

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 […]

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What is a Secular Buddhist, and What Do They Believe?

| July 9, 2012 | 233 Comments
What is a Secular Buddhist, and What Do They Believe?

A few months back I addressed the question we were receiving frequently What is Secular Buddhist Practice? Now, we are seeing stereotypes of secular Buddhists cropping up, and some assumptions about the beliefs or lack thereof regarding secular Buddhists. I’d like to address both those questions in one article, because they tend to roll into each in online conversations.

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A Secular Understanding of Dependent Origination: #2 Sankhara

| May 23, 2012 | 37 Comments
A Secular Understanding of Dependent Origination: #2 Sankhara

In the last post I offered a fairly plain description of what was meant by “ignorance” in the first link in the chain of dependent arising. It is ignorance of what dukkha is, how it comes about, that it can come to an end, and the way to do that. I said that dukkha is […]

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A Secular Understanding of Dependent Origination: #1 Ignorance

| May 21, 2012 | 51 Comments
A Secular Understanding of Dependent Origination: #1 Ignorance

This post is the first in a series of twelve on dependent arising (the translation of paticca samuppada that I prefer over dependent origination, or co-dependent arising, or interdependent origination or any of the other variations). I plan to take each link in the classic chain of twelve and explain — in the plainest language […]

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What Is Secular Buddhist Practice?

| April 27, 2012 | 6 Comments
What Is Secular Buddhist Practice?

We often get asked by traditional Buddhist, and people of all kinds, what is secular Buddhist practice? This is a great question, and I’ll do my best to answer, but I hope other secular Buddhist practitioners will also comment on this article to share any practices not mentioned here. Also, I want to remind everyone that we have a discussion forum that is dedicated to secular Buddhist practice, where people can ask questions and share their practice.

What is secular Buddhist practice? For the most part, secular Buddhist practice is identical to traditional Buddhist practice. In every Buddhist tradition to my knowledge, the following are vital practices:

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What are your expectations for what Buddhist practice can bring about?

| February 14, 2012 | 1 Comment
What are your expectations for what Buddhist practice can bring about?

Share your expectations of practice by taking this poll. You can choose up to 15 of the options below that best apply to your expectations of Buddhist practices.

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Early Buddhist Discourses (Book Review)

| January 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
Early Buddhist Discourses (Book Review)

If you are curious to read where the Buddha’s teachings came from and want a small sampling of discourses, or suttas, that reveal the basic teachings, the book Early Buddhist Discourses edited and translated by John J. Holder may be just the book for you. This book is similar in organization and breadth as Glenn […]

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