‘Revamp: writings on secular Buddhism’, is a new book by Winton Higgins, to be published by Tuwhiri on April 26, 2021. The book traces the emergence of secular Buddhism with a focus on the current climate emergency and intensification of social injustice crying out for radical socio-economic and political change. The ethics of care that underpin creative Dharma practice, he suggests, invites us to put our training at the service of these urgent tasks.
“A living tradition, Buddhism began as a way of working with the challenges we all face as mortal, vulnerable and conscious beings,” said Winton Higgins. “Its founder imbued this practice with an ethic of care and teaching that we can use today to interpret our experience and as a guide for full human development.”
“Since the death of the Buddha,” he continued, “Dharma has expressed itself in many ways in different cultural contexts, and often these border crossings have enriched it. But when Dharma appeared in religious form, it became weighed down with cosmic beliefs, its practice was regimented and was used as an instrument of social control, choking freedom at its heart. ‘
“Secularism encourages the pursuit of a good life under present circumstances,” said Winton, “not as timeless myths dictate. As part of the process of rooting Dharma in the West, secular Buddhism offers the vitality of the First Dharma, without religious distortions. ‘
Winton Higgins has played a crucial role in helping people understand the meaning and value of secular dharma. The tests collected in Reorganize reveal its ability to provide us with a lucid and nuanced account of the historical roots and key philosophical ideas of secular Buddhism.
At the same time, he insightfully explores the essential practices that promote human flourishing in this world: a non-formal approach to insightful meditation, the creation of democratic communities of practice, and progressive political activism to address the two great challenges. climate change and economic injustice.
For more information, visit https://tuwhiri.nz/revamp
ABOUT WINTON HIGGINS
Winton Higgins has been a Dharma practitioner since 1987 and an insightful meditation teacher since 1995. He has contributed to the development of secular Buddhism internationally and is a senior teacher for Sydney Insight Meditators. He is a member of the editorial board of The Tuwhiri Project, which published his book, After Buddhism, a notebook (2018),
He taught and researched the political discipline at Macquarie University until 2000. Since then he has been an associate in international studies at the University of Technology Sydney, while also engaging in creative writing. Winton wrote two historical novels – Rule of law and
Love the fiery chariot of death – published by Brandl & Schlesinger in 2016 and 2020 respectively.
A board member of the Australian Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies for 20 years since its inception in 2000, he annually teaches a course at the Academy of Aquinas on various ethical, social and political topics. Winton lives in Sydney with his partner, Lena.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS BOOK
“Written with great intelligence, care and wit, Revamp is the most comprehensive account of secular Buddhism currently available. Ranging from the transformative inner experience of mindfulness to the social and political challenges of Dharmic citizenship, Winton Higgins weaves the many diverse threads of contemporary Buddhist practice into a fascinating whole. Revamp is an inspiring example of critical and creative reflection on the most pressing issues facing humanity today. ‘
– Stephen Batchelor, author After Buddhism: Rethinking Dharma for a Secular Age
Although he establishes strong ties to Western and Eastern philosophy and psychology, Winton Higgins continually questions the views that have been the basis of much of Western Buddhism. Throughout this book, Winton reframes and finds new words for the four tasks as “the core of the teaching of the Buddha.” Every time he lays out the tasks a little differently, I become more in tune with the path I am walking. If, like me, you are not a scholar, hold on tight! Reading this book takes effort, but it is worth it. Winton’s words are nectar for my heart and my mind: I will read them often.
– Nelly Kaufer, Principal Teacher, Pine Street Sangha, Portland, Oregon
ABOUT THE TUWHIRI PROJECT
Publishing brand created by lay Buddhists from Aotearoa in New Zealand and Australia, Tuwhiri is 100% owned by a registered charity, Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust (ABET). As a social enterprise with no shareholder investors and no need to prioritize profit, Tuwhiri is able to focus on its goal: to help people find meaning in a difficult world.
In addition to publishing books on early Buddhism, its recovery and secular adaptation to 21st century conditions, a recent initiative by Tuwhiri has been the newsletter, Creative dharma. He was also instrumental in the creation of the online Secular Buddhism course available at secularbuddhistnetwork.org.
Word in te reo Maori, ‘tuwhiri’ means to disclose, to reveal, to disclose, to make known, or a clue, a means of discovering or revealing something lost or hidden, a clue, a trick, a pointer.
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