Fostering debate and dialogue among practitioners

One of our objectives is to create a space where people can discuss, in a respectful and constructive way, the different perspectives found among secular Buddhist practitioners. Such a dialogue is essential to creating a secular dharma relevant to our contemporary age. 

On this page you will find blogs and book reviews which reflect some of the varied perspectives among secular Buddhists.


From meditation retreats to dharma path immersives

While meditation retreats are extremely valuable, they are limited in some important respects. We need to develop more inclusive forms of intensive practice which help us cultivate each of the essential dimensions of of the Eightfold Path in an integrated way.

By Mike Slott

A review of Ron Purser’s ‘McMindfulness: the new capitalist spirituality’

The title says it all. In McMindfulness: how mindfulness became the new capitalist spirituality, Ron Purser offers a scathing criticism of how the Buddhist practice of mindfulness has been transformed into a method to reduce the stress levels of individuals in a competitive, capitalist society. Is he right?

By Mike Slott

The goal of secular Buddhist meditation practice

According to Winton Higgins, ‘We meditate to experience this world and this life as vividly as possible. Intensely. The way we experience it reflects back at us – it tells us who we are and where we’re at in this moment.’

By Winton Higgins

Bhikkhu Bodhi on traditional versus secular Buddhism

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi explores the differences between traditional and secular forms of Buddhism, and expresses concern that both approaches have viewed political activism as marginal to the dharmic path.

By Bhikkhu Bodhi

Secular Buddhism: new vision or yet another of the myths it claims to cure?

Akincano Weber raises several concerns about secular Buddhism. In his view, advocates of secular Buddhism tend to promote, a ‘flatland Buddhism’ which overlooks the difference between a numinous personal experience in which one may feel connected to something beyond their self-construct and which may be truly transforming—and a metaphysical statement or supernatural belief.

By Akincano Weber


A review of Glenn Wallis’ Basic Teachings of the Buddha

By Winton Higgins

Reflections on meditation: more than me and my mind

By Ramsey Margolis

Secularity, religion and being human

By Winton Higgins

Wisdom and compassion in a globalised world

By Winton Higgins

Taking a second look at Radical Dharma through the lens of social class

By Mike Slott

Buddhism and humanism – is there a conflict?

By SBN Editor

Not-self and the narcissism epidemic

By Winton Higgins

Mindfulness is a hot commodity: looking for a quick fix?

By Winton Higgins