New to this forum and relatively new to buddhism. I am primarily interested in secular Buddhism, i.e., a view ( of life, the universe, everything) without religious, or metaphysical elements. Secular Buddhism seems to be an important topic in the west currently, with great interest being directed towards developing a doctrine of secular Buddhism (eg, Stephen Bachelor). However, so far my very limited reading of the Theravada literature suggests that the Theravada view may in fact embody a secular Buddhist view already. Specifically, if my readings are correct, there is a subsection within Theravada that views Karma and rebirth to be phenomenon that exist within one life-time. That is, whereas the standard view is that Karma has it's effects over past life times, current life times, and future life times, the view that I am interested in sees the "before, curent and after" relating to a person's current life time only.
If such a Theravadin view exists then this is fantastic, as it would amount to the secular Buddhism that many in the western world currently want.
So, to my questions (if someone may please feel the wish to respond): 1) is such a secular Buddhism possible within the Theravada tradition, and if so 2) can you direct me to any Sutta's or general Buddhist literature that support such a secular Buddhist view?
Thank you very much.