A senior teacher for Sydney Insight Meditators and three of its constituent local sanghas, and for Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand, Winton Higgins began practising the dharma in 1987, and has taught insight meditation since 1995, including leading residential retreats. Since 2005, his teaching has increasingly focused on non-formulaic forms of insight meditation, and secular Buddhism. Jim Champion specialised in theoretical physics to PhD level, and then trained as a secondary school teacher. In 2004, he returned to Hampshire to teach Physics. He is a member of the Middle Way Society and the international online community Re Collective. Ramsey Margolis, who conceived, shaped and nurtured this book, first experienced meditation in 1995 and has run meditation groups in Wellington, New Zealand, from 2000. In 2009, Ramsey set up Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust and currently chairs the board. A year later, he launched secularbuddhism.org.nz and in 2011 set up Wellington's secular dharma practice community Simply Meditation (now One Mindful Breath) where he teaches meditation and secular Buddhism runs courses, and mentors individual practitioners
I so enjoyed Winton's talks on each chapter of After
Buddhism as they brought the dharma alive for me in a new way,
especially around the lay disciples of the Buddha about whom I had
rarely heard before. These talks inspired me in my reading,
reflections, understanding and enjoyment of Stephen Batchelor's
- Jane Clark, Golden Wattle SanghaStephen Batchelor's After Buddhism is a key text for those interested in the relevance of the Buddha's teaching to living our complex modern lives. And there is no better way to navigate this text than in the company of Winton Higgins, whose in-depth understanding of the dharma and Batchelor's ideas makes our exploration illuminating and fascinating.
- Margaret Tung, Kookaburra SanghaWinton Higgins's series of talks on Stephen Batchelor's After Buddhism provided our group with deeper insight and clarity around this modern, secular take on the Buddha's message.
- Dr Izak Janowski, Golden Wattle Sangha