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Secular Buddhism

Do not try to use what you learn from to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are. – Dalai Lama

Secular Buddhism refers to a Buddhism without metaphysical beliefs and religious truth, but emphasizes ethical values instead. Secular Buddhism is free from spirituality or belief in God, deities and souls. A non-religious form of Buddhism where tradition, robes and ritual are absent. It is devoid of authority through title or lineage. It is in is core 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.

The secular approach to the dharma is not simply a new age mash-up of spirituality. It is still focused on the study and practice of the Buddhism’s core teachings of The Four Noble Truths and The Eight-fold Path. It is, if anything, an attempt to return to the original teachings of the Buddha and a modern approach to understanding the deep wisdom contained with Buddhist philosophy. And a practice based on humanist, skeptical, and/or agnostic values encouraging individual autonomy like laid out in the Kalama Sutta.