Guiding principles

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


  1. Secular Buddhism understands Siddhattha Gotama as a human being, having lived within the cultural context of his time.
  2. 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.
  3. Secular Buddhism understands the community of practitioners as integral to the positive development of society.


  1. Secular Buddhism supports a culture of awareness, encouraging the availability of this teaching and practice.
  2. Secular Buddhism supports a culture of development, incorporating personal growth with interpersonal growth to improve social interactions and society.
  3. Secular Buddhism supports a culture of awakening, finding its inspiration from Buddhist and non-Buddhist, religious and secular sources alike.


  1. Secular Buddhism is naturalistic, in that it references natural causes and effects, demonstrable in the known world.
  2. Secular Buddhism in form is independent, making it flexible for integration into daily life in a variety of cultural contexts.
  3. Secular Buddhism is inclusive, fostering learning and practice across cultural and traditional bounds.

Secular Buddhism: Values


  1. Secular Buddhism values all people as being capable of, and having equal rights to, understanding and practice.
  2. Secular Buddhism values sharing authority and responsibility among peers.
  3. Secular Buddhism values meaningful dialogue and critical examination for the purpose of continued improvement of understanding and practice.


  1. Secular Buddhism values the stories of Buddhist traditions as metaphorical expressions of meaningful and practical lessons.
  2. Secular Buddhism values the texts of Buddhist traditions as tools for study, learning, and practice.
  3. Secular Buddhism values individual preference and creativity on the forms of practice appropriate to them