Tag: secular dharma

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: Make Practice Your Whole Life

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: Make Practice Your Whole Life

Those of you who have joined us at Practice Circle lately know that we have been working with the Tibetan Lojong text, fifty-nine slogans that present seven points of training the mind. There have been countless commentaries on the Lojong text; the one we’ve been working with is Norman Fischer’s wonderful Training in Compassion: Zen […]

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Batchelor’s Ten Theses of Secular Dharma

| November 23, 2015 | 42 Comments
Batchelor’s Ten Theses of Secular Dharma

All of the discussion on this website can be said to revolve around a single question: What is Secular Buddhism? How is it secular, and how is it Buddhist? What can we take from the traditional texts and practices, and what ought we leave behind? How does the dharma fit in with our knowledge from […]

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On Cessation

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
On Cessation

The Third Noble Truth is the truth of the cessation of craving; that there is a method by which craving can come to an end within a human lifetime. As such it is a rather spare truth: the content of that method awaits the Fourth Noble Truth for its elaboration. What is the cessation of […]

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Scenes from a Mindfulness Retreat: The Work

| October 6, 2012 | 12 Comments
Scenes from a Mindfulness Retreat: The Work

Part two of a four-part series.  You can read the introduction here. One of the things I think those of you who have been on more traditional retreats would find most unusual about the mindfulness retreat is how interactive it was.  There were no long periods of silent meditation, broken by occasional meals, dharma talks […]

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Stephen Batchelor and Don Cupitt — The Future of Religion: a Dialogue

| August 2, 2012 | 4 Comments
Stephen Batchelor and Don Cupitt — The Future of Religion: a Dialogue

The following is a transcript from a May 20th, 2012 dialogue between Stephen Batchelor and Don Cupitt, entitled The Future of Religion: a Dialogue, chaired by Madeleine Bunting of the Guardian. Photo credit: Martin Zetter. James Blake, co-director of London Insight Meditation, writes: “This is a very lightly edited transcript of the dialogue between Stephen […]

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Humanism & Buddhism — Interview with Ted Meissner, The Secular Buddhist

| January 12, 2012 | 2 Comments
Humanism & Buddhism — Interview with Ted Meissner, The Secular Buddhist

Scott Lohman from The Humanists of Minnesota interviews Ted Meissner on “Humanism and Buddhism”. Learn about the many commonalities between Humanism and Secular Buddhism.  

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