As Stephen Batchelor, author of the brilliant but brief book, Buddhism Without Beliefs, wrote:
There is nothing particularly religious or spiritual about this path. It encompasses everything we do. It is an authentic way of being in the world.”
Practical Buddhism, similar to its cousin Secular Buddhism, is not a religion, but a way of being in the world. Being in the world is very different from observing religious doctrine, dogma, and beliefs.
Religion relies on the truths established in an earlier time by persons not encountered by the observer/believer. Practical Buddhism relies on one’s own experiential knowledge to determine what is true.
Practical Buddhism is the reemergence of classical Buddhist life. It takes the robes and ritual out of daily life and focuses on the experience of living mindfully and compassionately reinforced by daily meditation.