Secular Buddhism is not a ‘school’ of Buddhism
It has no orthodoxy, no separate canon and no institutional presence.
A secular dharma stands for a developmental direction that is typically Buddhist in its open-minded scepticism and its desire to let the dharma speak most effectively, that is in culturally available terms.
Focusing largely on the practice of meditation and the four great tasks that Gotama – the man we now know as the Buddha – set out, a secular dharma offers a framework for a more mindful and compassionate life.
Awakening in the context in which we find ourselves – 21st century Aotearoa New Zealand – this framework is in essence a pragmatic programme for human flourishing which allows us to ignore metaphysical beliefs and religious truth-claims.
As a community, a group of friends, we are working to develop forms of practice, community and thought that harmonise with our own culture and its more progressive values – kicking off with egalitarianism, inclusiveness and democratic self-rule; Wellington’s secular Buddhist community in fact.
The Buddha’s Four Great Tasks: Embrace + Let Go + Stop + Act
If you’re interested in finding out more about a secular approach to Buddhism, take a look at the Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand website.