Linda Blanchard founded the Skeptical Buddhists’ Sangha in Second Life (SL) in 2007 to get her questions about Buddhism answered, and there discovered friends and community, along with a better understanding of the dharma. She is currently, very slowly, learning Pali, the language of the oldest Buddhist literature.
Dana Nourie has been practicing Buddhism for about 9 years. She started with a DVD course on Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, then took a two year course in person through the Gyalwa Gyatso Center. Uncomfortable with many of the beliefs and rituals in this tradition, she then studied Theravada Buddhism, taking classes, and doing retreats through the Insight Meditation South Bay with teacher Shaila Catherine. In 2007, she joined the Skeptical Buddhist group in Second Life, and settled into Secular Buddhism. Now, if Dana must label herself for communicating with others, she calls herself an Atheist who practices secular Buddhism. She maintains her own blogs Cosmicpathway and Virtual Living: The Second Life.
Ted Meissner, a.k.a. The Secular Buddhist, has been studying and practicing since the mid-90’s. His experience is with the Soto Zen and Theravadin traditions, including meditation retreats, sutta, and Pali study.
He is also active in skepticism, and applies critical thinking to his meditation and study of Buddhism. These complementary threads of thought have led to the creation of The Secular Buddhist podcast, which has grown into a burgeoning community of practitioners and fellow travelers along the dhamma path.