An international symbol for Secular Buddhism and secular meditation is needed, however this symbol is in no way the only symbol that is used to stand for Secular Buddhism. This Secular Buddhist symbol was created by Mark W. Gura, the current Executive Director of the Association Of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism and it features a person meditating. Since Secular Buddhism makes no supernatural claims and advocates only those practices that are consistent with or corroborated by reason and the best science available, this meditator is represented as practicing a secular form of meditation that requires no God(s), gurus or supernaturalism.
This Logo also acknowledges Secular Buddhism’s agreement with atheism, and secularism, by featuring “the atheist atomic symbol, which stands for scientific analysis and free, open inquiry by which humankind can reach out for a better life and it also emphasizing the truths of older scientific findings, the atomic whirl was chosen. The atom is still a distinguishing unit of all matter, the smallest particle of an element that can exist and still retain the properties of that element.
You may notice that one of the orbitals in our symbol is broken, or open-ended. This demonstrates that while Atheists rely on the scientific method for learning about the cosmos and increasing our knowledge about nature, we know that not all of the answers are in. We recognize that with new knowledge come new questions and areas for human inquiry and exploration.
That open orbital forms an "A" to represent Atheism.”1
The Secular Buddhist Logo is copyrighted. Permission is hereby granted to all who wish to use the logo for any reason other than to defame it. You may not modify or change the logo so as to make it inflammatory or negative.
For web sites and blogs, you may use this Logo if you link to our web page. For books, film, TV, or motion pictures attribution is required.
1 - American Atheists http://atheists.org/about-us/logo
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