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March 17: An Introduction to Secular Buddhism

Thursday, March 17, 7:30 pm  |  Dialogue leader: Noah Rasheta

Mark & Elizabeth England's home at 1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City.
Late-comers, please use the back door. 

The Dalai Lama has a wonderful quote about Buddhism. He say’s "Do not try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are." – Dalai Lama. This interactive discussion will explore the basic Buddhist philosophical concepts as explained through a Secular Buddhist lens. Secular Buddhism is very pragmatic in it’s fundamental teachings and it's like a method to be investigated and tried out. It proposes a set of practices to understand the human dilemma and work toward a resolution. It is founded on a passionate recognition that "I do not know”. Our discussion will focus around a world view that values wisdom and compassion above all else, a world view that promotes kindness as it’s ultimate teaching.

About Noah:
Noah is a husband, father and entrepreneur. He loves Buddhist wisdom. A lot. He strives to work with others to make the world a better place while studying, embodying and teaching the fundamentals of Buddhism - integrating Buddhist philosophy + modern science + humanism + humor. He's the CEO of 3 companies: iStabilizer, ProGearX, and Fotopro. He also runs a website and podcast at When he has free time, he’s out paragliding at the point of the mountain or flying around on his paramotor. 

To explore:
  • "American Buddhism" by Gyomay M. Kubose (
  • "Buddhism Without Beliefs” by Stephen Batchelor (