Supporting this emerging community

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if heartfelt generosity was the basis of all we do, if we could offer all our dharma practice sessions with no fixed fee, asking those who take part to offer generously so that others in the future may enjoy a similar experience.

We are asking those of you who know the benefits that dharma practice brings to your life, and who would like to help develop a secular dharma, to support the growth of secular dharma communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Together, our efforts have the potential to benefit many over the years to come. What you give now will ensure that future retreats, workshops and materials for study can be offered for whatever people can afford to pay. This is known as paying forward, and shows clearly how your generosity makes a real difference.

Known as dana in the Pali language, the practice of generosity has kept this tradition alive for more than 2,400 years in Asia, where committed supporters have given generously to establish networks of monasteries and retreat centres, providing for many, many teachers and millions of practitioners. As a secular dharma practice community grows in Aotearoa New Zealand (and elsewhere), we hope to keep this joyful tradition alive.


Supporting teachers

Since Buddhist teachings are considered priceless, dharma teachers do not charge for the teachings they give. Rather, they gratefully accept donations in return for the teaching and instruction, and this enables them to continue their work.

The community that secular dharma teachers rely on is worldwide and small, but it is growing; you are encouraged to support these teachers in whatever way you’re able.

Martine and Stephen Batchelor need no introduction. They gratefully accept dana – donations – which enables them to continue their work. Their home is in southwest France.

If you would like to support them, you can do so on their website through Paypal. In New Zealand, you can offer them a charitable donation through an Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust bank account: 38 9019 0064662 01.

Winton Higgins has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1987, and a teacher of insight meditation since 1995. He has contributed to the development of secular Buddhism internationally and is a senior teacher for Sydney Insight Meditators and Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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

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

He and his partner Lena live in Sydney and have two daughters and three grandchildren. His website is here, and much of his dharma writing can be found here.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, you can offer Winton your gratitude with a charitable donation through this Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust bank account: 38 9019 0064662 05.

Linda Modaro was introduced to buddhist meditation practices in 1997 and since then has attended numerous retreats. She began teaching recollective awareness meditation in 2001 and completed the Skilful Meditation Project training in 2008.

Studying, teaching, and taking part in teacher training development became her full time work. Linda was in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2016, teaching in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and the Hawke’s Bay, and she will be returning to teach in September 2018 at Te Moata in the Coromandel.

At the end of 2016, she formed Sati Sangha and continues to earn her livelihood teaching meditation. From her home in Santa Monica, she teaches a thoughtful, open-minded approach, open-hearted to meditation, and works with individuals and small groups in person, and over the phone and internet, connecting with students around the world, teaching meditation and mentoring teachers. Linda teaches regularly in San Diego and San Luis Obispo as well, and travels to teach retreats and workshops.

In New Zealand, you can offer Linda your gratitude with a charitable donation through this Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust bank account: 38 9019 0064662 06.

Ramsey Margolis, who set up and has been curating this website since 2012, started to practice meditation in 1995. He has been organising dharma communities and events, as well as creating websites and sharing his love of the dharma by writing and producing Buddhist newsletters since 2000, taking a break to do some paid work from 2006 to 2013.

He teaches at One Mindful Breath, Wellington’s secular dharma practice community, where he serves as a member of the Care Committee. Ramsey’s page on the OMB website here outlines how he works with individual meditators and those with an interest in secular Buddhism. He also takes part in online meetings of Re~Collective, the experimental, international, secular, reflective meditation and recollective awareness meditation community that meets online monthly in English.

You can find the monthly One Mindful Breath newsletter archive here, and his occasional secular Buddhist newsletter, In This Moment, here, and in Aotearoa New Zealand you can offer Ramsey a donation into this bank account – 02 1246 0675192 54.

Supporting this website – please donate now!

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