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Entering the tiger’s cave

  • Crombie Lounge, Home of Compassion 2 Rhine Street Island Bay Wellington (map)

On Saturday 16 Feb 2019, Winton Higgins will lead a One Mindful Breath one-day secular Buddhist workshop. Could this interest you, perhaps?

Entering the tiger’s cave – insight meditation and the inner life

Imagining the mind as a powerful wild animal is a common metaphor in Buddhist teachings. The Buddha compared the mind to a wild elephant in need of training, while in the Japanese Zen tradition there is a saying: ‘to catch a tiger’s cub, you must first enter the tiger’s cave.’

During this workshop, Sydney secular insight meditation teacher Winton Higgins will locate meditation practice within the wider transcultural project to ‘know thyself’ – of cultivating the inner life, however scary it might seem. When we see insight meditation from this perspective, we see the limits of both formulaic practices and practices which have been repackaged and turned into the commodity of problem-solving ‘mindfulness’.

By carefully examining the Buddha’s central teaching on insight meditation, a much more meaningful project comes to view. During this one-day workshop we will delve into this and you will:

  • experience free-form meditation practice in the company of others

  • learn an approach to meditation that you can’t fail, and

  • take home three things you can do to ensure a regular meditation practice.


All One Mindful Breath events are offered without a fixed fee. Whether you’ll be coming along or not, we seek your support for this workshop with a charitable donation to One Mindful Breath to 38 9019 0064662 03. Doing so, you will be enabling people you may never meet to benefit from these teachings. If you are coming, you can bring cash or give a donation to One Mindful Breath using your mobile phone banking app on the day.


Buddhist teachings have been offered freely for more than two thousand years. You are invited to support the teachings and Winton Higgins’ ability to continue teaching with dana, a word that translates as generosity, in the form of a charitable donation as your expression of thanks for the teaching to 38 9019 0064662 05, or with cash on the day.

For more info on how you can support One Mindful Breath as a community and Winton Higgins as a teacher, take a look at Winton Higgins’ New Zealand visit is taking place with support from Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust.


To reserve your place, transfer a $40 refundable deposit to 38 9019 0064662 03 and either email or text 021 885 180 to let us know you’ve done this. Your deposit will be refunded to you on arrival. We do this to ensure we don’t turn away people who want to come, while others register but don’t turn up.


Please bring something to eat and drink to share for lunch. Tea, instant coffee, milk and sugar will be provided, as well as biscuits for morning and afternoon tea.

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About Winton Higgins

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.

Also that week

On Weds 13 Feb, Winton Higgins will launch his book After Buddhism: a workbook with a talk on Secular Buddhism and the western search for meaning at One Mindful Breath’s weekly meeting at Wellington Friends’ Centre, 7 Moncrieff Street in Mt Victoria. You might like to come along and meet him if it will help you make up your mind about coming to this one-day workshop.

He will also be available for one-on-one conversations around secular Buddhism and your meditation practice on the Thursday and Friday. For more information and to book a time with Winton, send an email.

Later Event: March 20