Bringing Winton Higgins back to New Zealand

Making the most of being human was the title of the weekend workshop Winton Higgins ran in Wellington in February 2013. Participants explored how Buddhist practice can be recast in a way that acknowledges the times and culture in which we live, and the choices and responsibilities that confront us now. Recordings and the texts of his talks can be found on the Secular Buddhism Aotearoa New Zealand website here.

Winton visited New Zealand again in late 2015 and he explored a contemporary approach to the teachings of Siddhattha Gotama, the man we now know as the Buddha. We sought support to cover his New Zealand expenses – international air fares, internal travel and accommodation – with the aim of making any teachings he offers for dana only.

A selection of his dharma talks and other writings can be found here.

If you would like to prepare for Winton’s next visit by throwing some dana into the kete with a donation please do so.

About Winton Higgins

Winton Higgins began meditating and practising the dharma in 1987. He took up teaching (mainly vipassana) meditation in 1995, in city classes and in silent residential retreats in rural venues in Australia.

In 2003, he became one of the regular teachers of the Bluegum sangha – an ongoing commitment. These days he also teaches regularly for Golden Wattle and Beaches sanghas, and residential retreats for Sydney Insight Meditators, which he helped to found in 2005.

Since that time Winton’s meditation teaching has developed towards non-formulaic insight practice based on the Buddha’s original teachings, while his dharmic orientation inclines towards secular Buddhism.

He fosters interest in the original teachings and their affinity with modern streams of thought and progressive social commitments.

Winton is a social science academic and a writer; he and his partner, Lena, have two grown-up daughters, a grandson and a granddaughter.


Please support Winton Higgins’ next visit

Clicking the pink DONATE button above takes you to a secure website through which you can make a donation by credit card. Whichever country your card was issued in, your donation will be in New Zealand dollars. Please write ‘Winton’ in the comment box to let us know your contribution is to support Winton’s next visit.

Your generosity will be anonymous unless you specifically ask us to acknowledge it publicly.

Donations can be made into the bank account below to support Winton Higgins’ travel costs, accommodation, and enable him to offer teachings:

38 – 9019 – 0064662 – 05

As of 1 November 2015, $635 had been donated towards supporting Winton’s visit to teach in New Zealand that year.


Winton Higgins’ 2015 New Zealand teaching tour

Christchurch • Oct 21 • Ferndale School, Merrivale Road • more info Chrys 027 286 8653 or send an email

Wellington • 23 Oct • 12:15–1pm • St Andrew’s on The Terrace
Saying ‘Yes!’ to life: being human together
Where should we take advice on how to live from? What should I aspire to be? What would count as a fulfilling life? What kind of community is suitable for both human and spiritual growth? Winton Higgins and Noel Cheer discuss what it means to be human and in community with others.
• more info Pete 022 610 2910 or send an email

Wellington • 24 & 25 Oct • Home of Compassion, Island Bay
Four Frontiers for Buddhism – a weekend workshop
• info Ramsey 021 97 35 31 or send an email • on this web page
This workshop will explore how secular Buddhism tackles the two unavoidable questions at the centre of our lives:
What sort of person do I want to become? How should I live?

Ramsey Margolis will be the primary organiser of Winton’s next visit. For more information on Winton Higgins and his teachings, phone or text Ramsey on 021 97 35 31 or send an email.