More on secular Buddhism

Secular Buddhism Timeline

1976 Insight Meditation Center established – focusing on vipassana meditation in a secular context

1976 S.N. Goenka establishes his first Meditation Centre – focused on his non-sectarian approach to vipassana meditation

1983 Gaia House established – focused on vipassana meditation in a non-sectarian context

1991 Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness – a book by Jon Kabat-Zinn in which he describes a vipassana-based practice to help alleviate stress – with little or no Buddhist references

May 2009 The Secular Buddhist (podcast by Ted Meissner) – as far as I know, the first public use of the term ‘secular Buddhism’

Aug 2012 Coming Out as a Secular Buddhist & A Secular Buddhism – essays by Stephen Batchelor

2012 Agents of Uncertainty – book by JD arguing for links between scepticism and Buddhism

Oct 2012 Secular Buddhist Association started

Oct 2016 Exeter Meditation Circle started

2016/2017 Bodhi College – ‘Secular Dharma’ courses begin online & via retreats

2017 Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World – book by Stephen Batchelor

2018 Secular Buddhist Network established (as far as I can ascertain)

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