Many people have difficulty accepting some aspects of Buddhism that may seem to conflict with modern science. Secular Buddhism takes an agnostic viewpoint that preserves what proponents consider the essential elements of Buddhism without requiring various traditional beliefs that cannot be verified in the natural world, such as supernatural beings, rebirth, karma, and traditional Buddhist cosmology. It doesn't rule these things out, but prefers to set them aside as unknowable.
This secular approach was made prominent by Stephen Batchelor, a former Tibetan and Zen monk, whose books include Buddhism without Beliefs, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, and After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age. This talk will explore some views and counter views of Batchelor's arguments.