Setting firm foundations

A dharma publishing imprint, The Tuwhiri Project published our first book, After Buddhism: a workbook in September 2018. We are a month away from publishing our second book, What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds.

The Kickstarter crowdfunding appeal for After Buddhism: a workbook – to our amazement and joy – reached 128 percent of its goal in just 15 hours. We then set what Kickstarter calls ‘stretch goals’ and achieved all three with 25 days still to go. The end result result was that 98 supporters backed us with NZD $11,717 and we printed and despatched more than 800 books.

Most importantly, more than 20 backers received 10 or more copies of the workbook, so they can run courses on After Buddhism. As this is a workbook, we’re really keen to see how they’re used to create conversations in dharma communities and sanghas around a secular dharma and hope to publish some reflections by people who were on these courses over time.

From this start point, we have been slowly but surely developing the project. By setting up The Tuwhiri Project as a social enterprise that is 100 percent owned by a charity, Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust, we are allowing those of you who wish to support not just this one book but the project as a whole, helping nurture a culture of generosity.

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 understand now that we will need to be better resourced to produce a thoroughly worthwhile course, one that will fully engage people. If you’d like to offer support – practical or financial – to help us create a course that is free to users, please send us a message through our Contact page.

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. We ask those of you who feel this project is worthwhile to continue to support Tuwhiri through buying books and making a donation (or three)!