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An exploration and re-configuration of Buddhism based on humanist, naturalist, agnostic values and pragmatism rather than religious beliefs. Secular Buddhism seeks to deploy the Buddha’s teaching as a guide to full human flourishing in this life and this world.
Theravada (pronounced — more or less — "terra-VAH-dah"), the "Doctrine of the Elders," is the school of Buddhism that draws its scriptural inspiration from the Tipitaka, or Pali canon, which scholars generally agree contains the earliest surviving record of the Buddha's teachings.
A place for discussion related to the practice of meditation and other techniques aimed at developing concentration, increasing the power of conscious awareness, and producing insight leading to awakening. Those here understand Awakening to be a practical and attainable goal that can be approached via many paths. Although this goal is explained most thoroughly in the Buddhist traditions, it can be understood in entirely secular, non-religious terms.
Vipassana meditation as taught by the late S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin is a path to happiness practiced by people of all walks of life around the world. The technique is based on the teachings of the Gotama Buddha as they have been preserved for more than 2000 years. Vipassana is not a religion.
Mahayana Buddhism is one of three main branches of Buddhism. It was formed approximately around 100 C.E.. Mahayana Buddhism is prominent in North Asia, including China, Mongolia, Korea, and parts of Vietnam. The other two main branches of Buddhism are Theravada and Vajrayāna.
Freethought is an open forum dedicated to rational, logical and scientific examination of culture, politics, religion, science, business and more! Freethinkers reject claims and beliefs which are not testable and verifiable using established scientific methods, and encourage a society that espouses the priority of rationality and reason over dogma, emotion and pop doctrine.