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An online study course on secular Buddhism

Use this structured study course on secular Buddhism to study on your own at home or with friends. It is made up of a series of recorded talks by Stephen Batchelor with study guides used at Upaya Sangha of Tucson from September through December 2014. Heartfelt thanks to Christine Johnson for creating these study guides and sharing them.

This course is available here.

Your feedback would be most welcome – let us know how you get on.

Meditation instructions and three talks

Given in November 2013 by Winton Higgins at a retreat at Melbourne, Australia, you can find them on the Audio page. The titles of the talks are:

  • In the beginning was the human condition
  • Tradition and culture
  • The four tasks and the eightfold path

An outline of secular Buddhism

The text of a talk by by Winton Higgins given to the secular insight group in Napier on 3 October 2013, this is an excellent starting point for anyone who’s wondering what secular Buddhism might be and where it’s come from. You can find it here.

The dharmic foundations of the recollective awareness approach

A September 2013 dharma talk by Winton Higgins, given on retreat at Gorricks Run outside Sydney looks at how recollective awareness diverges from the more mainstream Buddhist – and especially Theravadin – formulaic, technique-driven practices. You can read what he had to say here.

What is meditation all about?

Watch three short videos with Martine Batchelor here. And, newly available through this website is a 2011 secular sermon by Professor Mark Williams on mindfulness, watch it here.

Wisdom and compassion in a globalised world

In his May 2013 talk to students at the University of New South Wales Buddhist Society Winton Higgins is forthright:

We collude in gross suffering on a colossal scale if we remain silent, inactive and ‘above politics’. Wisdom and compassion – dharma practice – demands a whole lot more of us.

Read the text of his talk here.

Pluralism Sunday

New on the Audio page are some reflections by Ramsey Margolis at St Andrew’s on The Terrace in Wellington at their Pluralism Sunday service on 5 May 2013.

Barre colloquium on secular Buddhism

Read Winton Higgins’ report of the March 2013 Barre, Massachusetts, colloquium Secular Buddhism: rethinking the nikāyas here and the text of Winton’s talk at the colloquium – Secular Buddhism: scientistic versus interpretive – here.

Secular religion – a contradiction in terms?

Winton Higgins and Christian theologian Professor Sir Lloyd Geering discuss whether secular religion is a contradiction in terms

Over the weekend following this conversation, Winton led a workshop – Making the Most of Being Human – in Wellington. Read the text of his first talk here and download the four talks here.

Developing your practice, and your understanding

To help you understand and practice the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhattha Gotama, take a look through these pages:


Dharma talks, meditation bells


Contact info for individuals and communities around the country who practice the dharma with a generally secular approach


A range of texts from Stephen Batchelor, Winton Higgins and others


Key Buddhist terms in plain English


Websites of interest


For now, three short videos by Martine Batchelor – with more to come.

Retreats, conferences

Public events happening around the country


Talks, discussions recorded in Aotearoa New Zealand, and beyond

Whatever next?

What would help your practice? Let us know – send a message using the form on the Contact page.

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