Each time the teachings of the Buddha entered a new culture outside their Indian birthplace, they have had to undergo renewal and reinterpretation so as to gain traction in the new host society.

Stephen Batchelor’s work represents a landmark in Buddhism’s sinking roots in the modern west, and his After Buddhism is his most systematic contribution to the process. What is being left behind, he suggests, by the ‘after’ in the title is a set of received, conventional misrepresentations of the teachings, not their true beating heart.  


After Buddhism: a workbook is the consummate guide to this thought-provoking work. It provides a basis for periodic group and individual study of Batchelor’s text. Winton Higgins’s humorous, easy-to-read text offers a fresh and accessible commentary on After Buddhism without compromising the depth of Batchelor’s experience or scholarship.

Jim Champion’s astute questions encourage readers to use Batchelor’s reissue of the Buddha’s teachings to reflect more deeply on the lives they’re leading, the individuals they’re becoming, and the world we inhabit.

Use this workbook to run a course for your community or sangha, or to deepen your own understanding of After Buddhism

Winton Higgins’s series of talks on Stephen Batchelor’s After Buddhism provided our group with deeper insight and clarity around this modern, secular take on the Buddha’s message.
Dr Izak Janowski, Golden Wattle Sangha

How to use this workbook

  1. Read a chapter of After Buddhism: a workbook.

  2. Read the corresponding chapter (or part chapter) of Stephen Batchelor’s After Buddhism.

  3. Return to the workbook and go through the questions at the end of the chapter you just read, either on your own or with others.

Individual copies can be bought in paperback, Kindle, PDF and ePub formats through our online store. You can also get small quantities of the paperback for a reading group or course use at a discount.

The book is also available through your local bookshop and library suppliers as well as on Amazon, Book Depository and elsewhere. Trade orders should be sent to Ingram. Institutional orders can be supplied on invoice if submitted on official order forms or departmental stationery to:

The Tuwhiri Project
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Wellington 6141
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Winton Higgins has generously waived royalty payments for After Buddhism: a workbook. All proceeds from the book will go to The Tuwhiri Project.

I so enjoyed Winton’s talks on each chapter of After Buddhism as they brought the dharma alive for me in a new way, especially around the lay disciples of the Buddha about whom I had rarely heard before. These talks inspired me in my reading, reflections, understanding and enjoyment of Stephen Batchelor’s book.
Jane Clark, Golden Wattle Sangha




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Formats : paperback | 140 pages + ePub, PDF and Kindle
Dimensions : 152 x 229 x 8mm
Date of publication : 3 September 2018

Aotearoa New Zealand book launch

Organised in association with One Mindful Breath, Wellington’s secular dharma practice community, Winton Higgins gave a talk on Secular Buddhism and the western search for meaning at the Friends’ Centre in Mt Victoria, Wellington on 13 February 2019.

Wellington launch of The Tuwhiri Project and 'After Buddhism, a workbook''

Ramsey Margolis introduced Winton and spoke about The Tuwhiri Project.

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Australia book launch

The book was launched at Benledi House in Glebe, Sydney, on 3 October 2018 with a panel discussion in which Michael Dudley, Gawaine Powell Davies and Winton Higgins looked at whether religion and secularism can meet in creative harmony, and the creative relationship between religion and secularism.

R to L: Sylvie Vanasse, Michael Dudley, Ramsey Margolis, Gawaine Powell Davies and Winton Higgins at the Australian launch of  After Buddhism: a workbook  at Benledi House, Sydney

R to L: Sylvie Vanasse, Michael Dudley, Ramsey Margolis, Gawaine Powell Davies and Winton Higgins at the Australian launch of After Buddhism: a workbook at Benledi House, Sydney

Organised in association with Sydney Insight Meditators and MCed by Sylvie Vanasse, we also celebrated the Australian launch of The Tuwhiri Project.

Stephen Batchelor’s After Buddhism is a key text for those interested in the relevance of the Buddha’s teaching to living our complex modern lives. And there is no better way to navigate this text than in the company of Winton Higgins, whose in-depth understanding of the dharma and Batchelor’s ideas makes our exploration illuminating and fascinating.
Margaret Tung, Kookaburra Sangha