Setting firm foundations
A brand new dharma publishing imprint, The Tuwhiri Project is in the process of producing, printing, distributing and promoting our first book, After Buddhism: a workbook.
We’re creating an easy read that will help people work their way through and get a good understanding of Stephen Batchelor’s After Buddhism: rethinking the dharma for a secular age, on their own or with others.
This book brings together a series of dharma talks given in Sydney, Australia by the secular insight meditation teacher Winton Higgins to Bluegum Sangha and Golden Wattle Sangha. Questions for study at the end of each chapter have been prepared by Jim Champion in Southampton, UK.
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We set up a crowdfunding appeal on Kickstarter which – to our amazement – reached 128 percent of the goal in just 15 hours. We then set what Kickstarter calls ‘Stretch Goals’ and achieved all three with 25 days still to go.
With this firm base from which to develop the project as a whole, the ongoing crowdfunding process meant we were able to continue receiving orders for copies of After Buddhism: a workbook before they’re printed, so we now know how many to print.
As this is a workbook, we’re keen for people to use them to create conversations in their communities and sanghas around a secular dharma.
The Kickstarter ended on Wednesday 11 July 2018 with 98 backers offering NZD $11,717. More than 20 of these backers will be receiving 10 or more copies of the workbook, enabling them to run a course.
In our third stretch goal we expressed an intention to create a free online course using this material. None of us have created an online course before, and we can now see that we will need to be better resourced to produce a thoroughly worthwhile course, that will engage more people. If you’d like to discuss offering practical or financial support to help create an online course, please send us a message through the Contact page.
By setting up The Tuwhiri Project in this way, allowing those of you who wish to support not just this one book but the project as a whole, we are helping to nurture a culture of generosity.
Pease don’t miss this opportunity to help support the development of educational resources for secular dharma practice communities, in the English-speaking world and we hope beyond. Please support Tuwhiri!