What is tuwhiri?

Tuwhiri is the initiative of secular dharma practitioners in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. A word in te reo Maori, ‘tuwhiri’ means to disclose, reveal, divulge, make known, or a clue, a means of discovering or disclosing something lost or hidden, a hint, a tip, a pointer.

Set up in 2018, The Tuwhiri Project is a dharma publishing imprint. Our first book was After Buddhism: a workbook and more are on their way, starting with What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds by Martine and Stephen Batchelor which was published on 15 May 2019.

The Tuwhiri Project Ltd is 100 percent owned by Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust (ABET), a New Zealand registered charity. As a social enterprise with no investor shareholders and no need to prioritise profit-making, we can focus on our purpose: to help people find meaning in a difficult world


As well as publishing books on early Buddhism, its retrieval, and secular adaptation to twenty-first century conditions, we are creating online courses that focus on developing a secular take on the dharma.

We are immensely grateful for the time, energy and expertise so generously given to this project by individuals, communities and organisations around the world.

We’re also grateful to all our supporters who are helping breathe life into the aspiration that became Tuwhiri, financing the production of our first book.

To accomplish our aims, we need help – both practical and financial.



Tell your friends about Tuwhiri
Phone them, send them a text, tweet, post on Facebook – however you do it, please let us know what you’ve done. Connect with us on Twitter (@tuwhiri) and Facebook, and send your friends to our YouTube channel.

Run a course for your sangha
Bring together a group of people to go through After Buddhism together with our workbook. Donate NZD $150 or more through Givealittle or our Donate page and we’ll send you 10 copies of the book plus the digital versions). Have a look here for some ideas on how to run a course.

Tuwhiri needs
• Someone with experience of the publishing industry, or marketing in general to let people know what we’re doing;

• Someone to take charge of fundraising future projects, books and online courses.

Interested? Get in touch through the Contact page.



If you value the work Tuwhiri is doing, your support will enable us to publish yet more books and to develop online courses for people who have an interest in secular Buddhism.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, you can make a charitable donation to The Tuwhiri Project into our Kiwibank account at 38-9019-0064662-07. To get a NZ tax receipt email us letting us know how much you donated, and the date.

Whatever country you live in, you can support Tuwhiri with a donation to Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust through our DONATE page using your debit card or credit card.

Or go to www.paypal.com, click on Send and transfer your donation to generosity@tuwhiri.nz.

If you have any questions, send us a message through the Contact page.



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


Peter Cowley
Director of The Tuwhiri Project Ltd, he is finding meditation practice very beneficial and appreciates it’s a lifelong practice. Having recently moved back to his home town of Gisborne, he enjoys being engaged with organisations which combine social justice and spirituality.


Ramsey Margolis
A member of our editorial board and Tuwhiri’s publisher, he first practiced meditation in 1995 and until recently taught reflective meditation at One Mindful Breath in Wellington. Founder and Chair of Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust, he curates secularbuddhism.org.nz.

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Tom Ilbery
A member of our editorial board, Tom is secretary of the Sydney Insight Meditators committee, and a member of the Kookaburra sangha. He values the dharma through how it presents a life well lived, and wishes to explore how insight meditation and dharmic ethics can better himself and society.


We are immensely grateful to have received sponsorship from:

- Gary Dean, Jakarta, Indonesia
- One Mindful Breath, Wellington, New Zealand
- Ross Carter-Brown, Christchurch, New Zealand
- Steve Lovinger, Barcelona, Spain
- A person who wishes to remain anonymous
- Can we put your name or your sangha’s name here? 

If you’d like to discuss how you might support The Tuwhiri Project please send a message via the Contact form.

Media resources

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