Tag: secular buddhism

The Dalai Lama’s Secular Turn

| January 4, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Dalai Lama’s Secular Turn

Is the Dalai Lama a secular Buddhist? In two of his recent books he has outlined a universal, secular ethical program grounded in basic human values that are shared by believers and nonbelievers alike. We will take a look at these two books and discuss some of their conclusions and implications. Check out my new […]

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Buddhists of Other Religions

| December 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
Buddhists of Other Religions

Can you be a Buddhist and a Christian, a Jew, or member of some other religion? We will take a look at that question and investigate how such cross-fertilization works with a secular approach to Buddhist belief and practice.

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Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

| December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

For those who don’t know, New Zealand has a lively Secular Buddhist community: http://secularbuddhism.org.nz/ http://www.onemindfulbreath.org.nz/ http://abet.nz/   Last month, the prominent Ramsey Margolis announced via his newsletter that he wanted to try to lead a free, online meditation using Zoom similar to SBA US’s Practice Circle. Not only had he gone out of his way to […]

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Is Secular Buddhism an Oxymoron?

| October 16, 2017 | 15 Comments
Is Secular Buddhism an Oxymoron?

It may seem like “secular Buddhism” is an oxymoron, a kind of contradiction in terms. But this depends on how we understand secularism, and how we understand Buddhism. Both concepts have a wide range of senses, which we will explore.  

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Three Paths for Secular Buddhists

| August 28, 2017 | 12 Comments
Three Paths for Secular Buddhists

Introduction As secular Buddhism has become an increasingly prominent trend in the U.S., it’s a good time to reflect on the diverse paths being taken by those of us who identify as secular Buddhists.  While these paths are not mutually exclusive and thus practitioners may be involved, to some extent, in all of them, they […]

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What Might the Buddha Say About Secular Buddhism?

| August 28, 2017 | 10 Comments
What Might the Buddha Say About Secular Buddhism?

What might the Buddha have thought about secular approaches to Buddhism? We will take a look at arguments found in a couple of early texts, the Apaṇṇaka and Sandaka Suttas, as jumping-off points. Our trip will take us through perhaps the earliest known materialist philosopher, as well as Blaise Pascal’s wager for the existence of […]

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Practice Circle Live: Make Practice Your Whole Life

| July 19, 2017 | 1 Comment
Practice Circle Live: Make Practice Your Whole Life

This guided meditation was recorded live at Practice Circle on June 25, 2017. If you’d like to learn how to join our online dharma practice group, check out the Practice Circle Page.

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