Secularizing Buddhism: Boulder Book Store event—TODAY 19 Aug

Apologies for late post–today, Thursday, 19 August, Boulder Bookstore is hosting an online event with Ron Purser and myself.

That’s 4 pm Pacific, 5 pm Mountain, etc….

link to Boulder Book Store site is: <here>

Richard Payne — “Secularizing Buddhism,” with Ronald Purser

Richard Payne will speak about his new book, Secularizing Buddhism: New Perspectives on a Dynamic Tradition, on Thursday, August 19th at 5:00pm MT on Zoom. He will be in conversation with Ronald Purser for this special event. Tickets for this event are $5 (plus a small processing fee) and are available on Eventbrite HERE or by clicking the button below.

About the Book:
How do secular values impact Buddhism in the modern world? What versions of Buddhism are being transmitted to the West? Is it possible to know whether an interpretation of the Buddha’s words is correct?

In this new essay collection, opposing ideas that often define Buddhist communities–secular versus religious, modern versus traditional, Western versus Eastern–are unpacked and critically examined. These reflections by contemporary scholars and practitioners reveal the dynamic process of reinterpreting and reimagining Buddhism in secular contexts, from the mindfulness movement to Buddhist shrine displays in museums, to whether rebirth is an essential belief.

This collection explores a wide range of modern understandings of Buddhism–whether it is considered a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle choice–and questions if secular Buddhism is purely a Western invention, offering a timely contribution to an ever-evolving discussion.


*Tickets are $5 (plus a small convenience fee) for the access link to this virtual event. This access link will be sent 24 hours before the event.

* The virtual event begins at 4:00pm PT / 5:00 pm MT / 7:00pm ET and will last about one hour. If you have issues during the event or if you’d like to ask a question during the Q&A portion, please email your questions to

*Secularizing Buddhism is available to purchase from Boulder Book Store at <here>. A code will be sent to you after purchasing a ticket to this virtual event that is good for $5 off the books at checkout. Email if you don’t receive your code.

Event date: Thursday, August 19, 2021 – 5:00pmEvent address: 

Secularizing Buddhism: New Perspectives on a Dynamic Tradition Cover Image

Secularizing Buddhism: New Perspectives on a Dynamic Tradition (Paperback)

By Richard Payne (Editor) $24.95
ISBN: 9781611808896 Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on the title to see details. Published: Shambhala – August 3rd, 2021

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