- of or relating to the worldly or temporal
- not overtly or specifically religious
- not ecclesiastical or clerical
That's hard to define. One definition of a Buddhist is anyone who has studied the teachings of the Buddha. That's not a bad definition, since the teachings of the Buddha are often contradictory and very often too difficult to extract one firm understanding. In the schools of Buddhism one of the schools is the school of Zen. One of their teachings would be shocking to anyone who wants to view Buddhism as a religion. That teaching is that if you "see the Buddha on the road, kill him." This is a very subtle teaching What it means in essence is that if you've created some "image" or some "view" of the Buddha, then if you see it kill it. In other words, stop living in your mind and be free from what it says to you.
So, a "secular Buddhist" is someone who is not overtly or specifically religious. For many, it doesn't mean they are atheists. However, for others the "worldly or temporal" part eliminates any possibility for denying the existence of God.
Regardless, being "secular" or "Buddhist" mean many different things to many different people. This blog is meant to embrace them all. The definition is inclusive as opposed to exclusive. It can mean different things to different people.