Why did you write the phrase
"secular chefs" in your about page?
At a cooking school (a culinary arts institute) it is assumed that you can cook the food regardless of your religious beliefs. While there are ways of cooking that are kosher or halal, it is not assumed that you will be trained religiously at an average cooking school in the United States.
Mindful Boston's meditation practices are skills that every person can learn and develop within themselves. There is no requirement to meditate in a religious way, any more than there would be a requirement to cook in a religious way. While it is a wonderful thing that religious cooking and religious meditating happen elsewhere, we don't offer religious instruction at our classes. Our meditative arts institute is as secular as any culinary arts institute is.
Currently in the US, there are debates where some critics say that mediation practices are inherently Buddhist or Hindu.
We used the word "secular" in our About Us page in the way that we did in order to highlight that our skills-based meditation classes do not belong to any one creed or religion. And still we deeply respect our colleagues in other organizations who do choose to use meditation skills in that way.