Australian secular insight meditation teacher Winton Higgins will be in Wellington from 23–30 April, 2017. On Wednesday 26 April, he will give a talk to One Mindful Breath at the Friends Centre in Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria, and he will also lead an all-day secular Buddhist workshop on Saturday 29 April at the Home of Compassion in Island Bay.
He will as well give a talk on ‘The Politics of Decency’ at St Andrew’s on The Terrace on Thursday 27 April. Running from 12:30pm to 2pm, this event is a collaboration between St Andrew’s Trust for the Study of Religion and Society and One Mindful Breath.
Winton’s recently published novel, Rule of Law (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2016), is the topic of a conversation between Winton and Sir Anand Satyanand at Unity Books in Willis St on Wednesday 26 April from 12 noon to 12:45pm. Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM QSO KStJ is a former lawyer, judge and ombudsman. He was the 19th Governor-General of New Zealand and is Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation
Winton has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1987 and a teacher of insight meditation since 1995. He has contributed to the development of a secular Buddhism internationally and is a senior teacher for Sydney Insight Meditators and Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand.
His meditation teaching has developed towards non-formulaic insight practice based on the Buddha’s original teachings, while his dharmic orientation inclines towards a secular Buddhism. He fosters interest in the original teachings and their affinity with modern streams of thought and progressive social commitments. He and his partner Lena live in Sydney and have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. His website is at wintonhiggins.org, and much of his dharma writing can be found at secularbuddhism.org.nz/resources/documents/#wh.
Winton has cultivated a wide range of interests in his intellectual life, of which three have come to dominate: social-democratic theory and practice, especially under the aegis of the Swedish experience 1928–76; genocide studies, with special reference to the Holocaust; and standardisation. He has been a board member of the Australian Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies since its inception in 2000. Winton also teaches an annual course at the Aquinas Academy on various ethical, social and political topics.
For more information on Winton’s visit, including reserving a place for the Saturday workshop, phone or text Alex on 021 921 821 or send an email.