We are aligned with the aims of the Secular Buddhism UK group of practitioners who have provided this useful summary of the guiding principles of Secular Buddhism.
Secular Buddhism: Guiding Principles
- Secular Buddhism understands Siddhattha Gotama as a human being, having lived within the cultural context of his time.
- Secular Buddhism understands the four noble truths as an accurate, empirical description of the experience of living, and as a methodology of understanding, social behaviour, and mental development.
- Secular Buddhism understands the community of practitioners as integral to the positive development of society.
- Secular Buddhism supports a culture of awareness, encouraging the availability of this teaching and practice.
- Secular Buddhism supports a culture of development, incorporating personal growth with interpersonal growth to improve social interactions and society.
- Secular Buddhism supports a culture of awakening, finding its inspiration from Buddhist and non-Buddhist, religious and secular sources alike.
- Secular Buddhism is naturalistic, in that it references natural causes and effects, demonstrable in the known world.
- Secular Buddhism in form is independent, making it flexible for integration into daily life in a variety of cultural contexts.
- Secular Buddhism is inclusive, fostering learning and practice across cultural and traditional bounds.
Secular Buddhism: Values
- Secular Buddhism values all people as being capable of, and having equal rights to, understanding and practice.
- Secular Buddhism values sharing authority and responsibility among peers.
- Secular Buddhism values meaningful dialogue and critical examination for the purpose of continued improvement of understanding and practice.
- Secular Buddhism values the stories of Buddhist traditions as metaphorical expressions of meaningful and practical lessons.
- Secular Buddhism values the texts of Buddhist traditions as tools for study, learning, and practice.
- Secular Buddhism values individual preference and creativity on the forms of practice appropriate to them