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We sought help to produce, print, distribute and promote a book – ‘After Buddhism: A workbook’
We sought help to produce, print, distribute and promote a book – ‘After Buddhism: A workbook’
98 backers pledged NZ$ 11,717 to help bring this project to life.

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IT’S NOT ALL DONE & DUSTED

In just ten days we received pledges of more than $10,000, which is fantastic. Thank you for your confidence in us. We have a way to go yet, though.

Yes, we’ve achieved our initial goal, and our first ‘stretch goal’, so pledge for 2 books and you’ll get 3, pledge for 6 books and you’ll get 10 – perfect if you want to run a course using this workbook.

We’ve also attained our second and third ‘stretch goals’, so we will be translating After Buddhism: a workbook into another language, and we will have $500 squirrelled away to offer to a writer to assist them bring their book to life. We will also be creating a free online course based on the book.

So, what is still to be done?

Intro

We’re asking for your help to produce a book that brings together a series of 15 dharma talks given in Sydney, Australia, by the secular insight meditation teacher Winton Higgins to both Bluegum Sangha and Golden Wattle Sangha.

This will be an easy read and it’s purpose is to help people work their way through and get a good understanding of Stephen Batchelor’s After Buddhism: rethinking the dharma for a secular age, whether on their own or with others.

  • With 3 days to go 97 backers have pledged and will be receiving 90 eBooks (our aim is 250) and 291 printed books (our aim is 1,000) 
    – these figures will be updated daily.

The pages of After Buddhism: a workbook has been edited and assembled, and we the questions are sitting at the end of each chapter. The cover is almost finished, so the book is close to being ready to print.

front and back covers of the book
front and back covers of the book

Want a taster?

Download sample pages of After Buddhism: a workbook here.

Raising capital

Crowdfunding through Kickstarter will give us an idea of how many to print as we are effectively pre-selling books before they are printed.

Encouraging your generosity emphasises the fact that The Tuwhiri Project is an enterprise that is doing socially worthwhile work, rather than being purely and simply a profit-focused business.

As well as printing and promoting our first book, After Buddhism: a workbook, your support will, in the short term, enable The Tuwhiri Project to develop a website and employ an administrator for a couple of hours a month.

What we ask of you

We are asking for your support for this venture with a pledge. None of the pledge amounts are fixed, which means that should you wish you may offer more than the base amount. As well as developing a global interest in the book, this Kickstarter will launch The Tuwhiri Project with a solid foundation. 

So, what does the word tuwhiri mean? A word in te reo Maori, the language of the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, 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.

What is The Tuwhiri Project?

A limited liability company wholly owned by Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust, The Tuwhiri Project will: 

  • Produce, publish, distribute, sell and give away books and other publications that help people find meaning in a difficult world, in particular through engaging in the practice of meditation and other aspects of a secular appreciation and practice of the dharma. 
  • Develop and offer online courses, the focus of which will be around early Buddhism, drawing out its guidance for people living now.
  • Create a website and develop other means of social media with the aim of promoting and selling books, and offering courses.
  • Donate all end-of-year surpluses not retained in the company for ongoing and future projects to Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust in line with the charitable purposes of the Trust.
  • Help develop a culture of generosity.

Who is involved in this project?

Peter Cowley, Wellington, New Zealand – the company’s director
Winton Higgins, Sydney, Australia – principal author of this, our first book and member of the editorial board
Ramsey Margolis, Wellington, New Zealand – development and distribution, and member of the editorial board
Jim Champion, Southampton, United Kingdom – writing questions for this book
Margaret Tung, Sydney, Australia – member of the editorial board
Christine Dann, Leon Frampton, Peter Cowley, Ramsey Margolis – Trustees of Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust, owner of The Tuwhiri Project

Ownership and financial structure

As a social enterprise, the intention of The Tuwhiri Project is to help people find meaning in a difficult world. Setting it up as a company wholly owned by a charitable trust means it has no investor shareholders who expect a dividend at the end of each year. It will therefore operate on a profit-conscious basis rather than being profit-maximising.

UPDATE: STRETCH GOALS

As we achieved our funding goal in less than 24 hours – thank you so much everyone! – we then went for ‘stretch goals’. 

With just a few days still to go supporters have pledged more than $10,000 for which we will be sending you 90 eBooks and 291 printed books. Now, to paraphrase the slogan from Paris in May 1968, let’s be realistic and expect the impossible. We’ll aim for 250 eBooks and a print run of 1,000 books. The figure will be updated daily at the top of this section, and sent out occasionally as an update.

This is what we’ve achieved so far: 

$6,000: more books to our pledgers – REACHED, thank you!

We’ve reached $6,000 in funding, so we’ll be sending our “2 Books” pledgers 3 copies of the book each, our “6 Books for a study group” and “Sponsorship” pledgers 10 copies of the book each and our “Sponsorship + live event” pledgers 20 copies. 

$8,000: this book in another language + our next book – REACHED, wonderful

We’ve reached $8,000 in funding, so as well as what we’re promising if we raise $6,000, we’ll make an excellent translation of After Buddhism: a workbook into another language, and we’ll give $500 to our next author as an advance on their book. 

$10,000: everything online – REACHED, amazing

And to our surprise we reached $10,000 in funding, so as well as what we’re offering if we reach $5,000 and $6,000, we’ll also create a free online course based on the book, open to all, enabling everyone to share the knowledge and inspiration within the book’s pages.

With two days of crowdfunding to go we believe it’s important to produce the book AND an online course – this is a workbook, so the two will complement each other.

And, if we are also offered more of the larger donations we would be well resourced to produce a better course, and reach more people.

Risks and challenges

While publishing a book always poses a certain amount of risk, everyone who is involved has experience in bringing our ideas to fruition, and that includes writing, designing and printing books, delivering material to study groups, and nurturing a practice community, or sangha.

The one area we’re all beginners in is crowdfunding. If for any reason we experience setbacks, we’ll get in touch and let you know when you can expect your book(s) to be printed and shipped.

If, of course, we don’t reach the Kickstarter target we will receive nothing, so please tell your friends about this appeal.

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    – Your name or that of your community as a Book Supporter on www.tuwhiri.nz (can opt out)
    – Your name or that of your community as a Book Supporter in the book (can opt out)
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    Sponsorship

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    – Your name or that of your community as a Tuwhiri Sponsor on www.tuwhiri.nz (can opt out)
    – Your name or that of your community as a Tuwhiri Sponsor in the book (can opt out)
    – The PDF, ePub & Kindle editions of the book
    – 6 copies of the printed book
    – An invitation to the launch events, to be there in person or online

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    Pledge NZ$ 2,000 or more About $1,377

    Sponsorship + live event

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    – Your name or that of your community as a Tuwhiri Sponsor in the book (can opt out)
    – The PDF, ePub & Kindle editions of the book
    – 10 copies of the printed book
    – An invitation to the launch events, to be there in person or online
    – A talk by Winton Higgins to you or your community about After Buddhism delivered online

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Funding period

- (35 days)