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Meditation, & being a global citizen – dharma practice and solidarity in a troubling time

  • Lyon Room, Home of Compassion 2 Rhine Street Island Bay, Wellington, 6023 New Zealand (map)

A daylong workshop led by Winton Higgins

Simpler forms of Buddhist meditation practice started to gain favour in the west four decades ago. Here was a discipline we could supposedly practice while playing down the ethics that had been part of the practice, and which allowed us to step back from our worldly existence and social responsibilities.

In the original vision, though, the aim of dharma practice was self-transformation into an integrated ‘true’ person who is a fully flourishing human being and, like everyone else, embedded in a social world.

In this workshop, we will explore what we need to do to retrieve a wider, ethical vision of dharma practice in the face of today’s social, political and environmental challenges. 


For more info and to book a place on this workshop

Get in touch with Alex on 021 921 821 or send an email.

Participants are asked to bring a contribution towards a shared lunch.
Gumboot tea, instant coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits will be provided.

Please also bring a notebook and a pen/cil for journalling your meditation sessions.

COST – donation for the teachings plus donation for One Mindful Breath.



The generosity of others enables One Mindful Breath to run this workshop and ask only for donations. Participants will have the opportunity to offer your generosity to both Winton for the teachings and to the community, enabling us to run future events.

We are grateful for the support given to Winton Higgins’ New Zealand visit by Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust.



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. He also teaches an annual course at the Aquinas Academy in Sydney on ethical, social and political topics.

Born in 1941, Winton grew up on a sheep and cattle station in outback NSW and then in Tennant Creek in central Australia. He was an academic at Macquarie University, Sydney, and the University of Technology Sydney. Cultivating a wide range of intellectual interests, three came to dominate: social-democratic theory and practice, especially the Swedish experience 1928–76; genocide studies, with special reference to the Holocaust; and standardisation.

His most recent book is the novel, Rule of Law. Much of his dharma writing can be found at and his website is at

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