Both religious and secular Buddhists may find themselves in a polarity, a dualism, an extremism conferred by holding to a position. This division happens gradually even though the founders of Secular Buddhism never intended it. The cost is the loss of the Middle Way – an indispensable feature of the Buddha Dharma and the Buddha’s main subject matter in his first talk in Sarnath.
Q. Do Secular Buddhists use devotional practices?
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“A Secular Buddhist,” I said again.
In my last post I looked at a talk given by Ajahn Brahmali on Secular Buddhism. Recently the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group released a debate that Brahmali had with Steven Batchelor on the same topic, which once again revolved around the central issue of rebirth. It raises interesting questions worthy of a follow-up post. (As in my […]
Secular Buddhism – German language site:
This is the companion website to the podcast The Secular Buddhist, where we examine early Buddhist teaching and practice with a critical eye to its secular application. If this is your first time here, you may want to check out the page for some specifics on what this podcast is about in a little more depth.Secular Buddhism is a non-religious form of Buddhism unique to the West. Tradition, robes and ritual are absent as are non-English terms. It is devoid of authority through title or lineage. It is atheistic i.e. there is no consideration of the supernatural or reincarnation. Karma is considered only in the sense the word as commonly used in English – of one’s intentions, actions and their results in this life.This week's recommendation is Stephen Batchelor's Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, the new book that tells a more personal story of the author's progress in secular Buddhist practice.Buddhism is changing in the West. I agree with Jay Michaelson in his book 'Evolving Dharma' that we are on the cusp of a major shift in how we view Buddhism and 'contemplative fitness'. In fact I would go further and say we are over the cusp. It has happened. We are in new territory. Secular Buddhist inspired practices are now mainstream.