Retreats, workshops, conferences, courses, gatherings, talks


Here are some dates for your diary – visit this page another time, subscribe to the RSS feed to find out more, or get on the In This Moment mailing list for updates. Secular buddhist events are few and far between, particularly in this part of the world, which is the reason you will find information on events happening elsewhere also.

New Zealand

• WELLINGTON Saturday 16 February 2019
Entering the tiger’s cave – insight meditation and the inner life
A secular Buddhist workshop led by Winton Higgins
Crombie Room, Home of Compassion, Rhine St, Island Bay, Wellington • 9am – 5pm

Tracking the ‘know thyself’ aphorism from the ancient Egyptians, through the ancient Greeks (oracle at Delphi) and early Christianity, Winton Higgins will show how these lead to modern iterations, including secular philosophy and psychoanalysis – and the supreme importance of the inner life, the reflective life.

Suitable for anyone with a mindfulness or meditation practice who would like know more about secular Buddhism. • email for info • +64 21 97 35 31 phone | text


• SYDNEY 12–13 November 2017
Workshop • Awakening Community
Elaine Kelly & Winton Higgins
Well-Aware-Ness Centre, 14 Ridge St, North Sydney

Community, or sangha, is the oft-neglected third refuge of the dharma. ‘Awakening community’ has a double meaning – breathing life into the communal dimension of our practice, and the communal engagement that contributes to our personal awakening. Both refer to the dharma as an ethical path, one rooted in care and compassion.

We will start by teasing out aspects of the ancient city in the Buddha’s parable about it, and then draw on elements of modern western thought and practice that help us to crystallise what this ancient model might mean in our own time. Particular attention will be given to the issue of asylum seekers and refugees.

We will also discuss the relationship between our personal dharma practice as a refuge and the need to extend compassion to those seeking another kind of refuge; how can our personal practice cultivate an ethos of compassion and hospitality toward those in greatest need?

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Events for those in Australia with an interest in a secular approach to Buddhism may be found on:


Online, together, meditating, secular

1st and 3rd Mondays of the month • 19:30–20:30 New Zealand time

Join with us for an online secular Buddhist practice session. After we introduce ourselves, we’ll meditate for 20 mins, then take time to reflect and journal, and follow this with a Q&A session around secular dharma practice. More info on the web page.

To take part, either launch the Zoom app on your device, press or click Join and type 9195272569, or click this link – • email Pete • +64 22 610 2910 phone | text

Secular Buddhist Association (USA) Practice Circle

2nd and 4th Sundays of the month • 8pm Central Time

A community that comes together by video conference to support each other’s dharma practice, you are invited to join the US Secular Buddhist Association for an online practice circle.

To find out more about the practice circle take a look at this web page

Secular Buddhism – an online study course

Using talks by Roshi Joan Halifax and Stephen Batchelor with study guides by Christine Johnson

Find out about the course here.

Being Completely Human: secular Buddhism and beyond – a study course

Using talks by Roshi Joan Halifax and Stephen Batchelor with study guides by Christine Johnson

Find out about this course here.