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Secular Buddhism and the western search for meaning

  • Wellington Friends’ Centre 7 Moncrieff Street Mount Victoria Wellington (map)

In tonight’s One Mindful Breath meeting, Winton Higgins will track the ‘know thyself’ dictum from the ancient Egyptians, through the ancient Greeks and early Christianity, to modern iterations, including in secular philosophy and psychoanalysis. All of them point to the supreme importance of the inner life, the reflective life. 

Introducing the metaphor of a hiker’s map to capture the length, breadth and purpose of the Satipatṭhāna sutta, he will show how it answers the same challenge, this time in more practicable detail. To use it now, though, we need to liberate it from both traditional associations with redemption and rebirth, and from the limited horizon of today’s mindfulness-based psychotherapy. 

This dharma talk will be followed by the launch of his most recent book, After Buddhism: a workbook.

While in Wellington, he will be available for one-on-one conversations around secular Buddhism and your meditation practice. To set up an appointment send an email. He will also be running a daylong workshop on the Saturday. More on this here.

A member of The Tuwhiri Project editorial board, Winton Higgins 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 website is at and you can download of some of his writings on secular Buddhism here.

Earlier Event: January 30
Community and conviviality
Later Event: February 16
Entering the tiger’s cave