UPDATED 11/05/16 – SEE NEW THREAD (group in Invercargill)

We have now established a small secular buddhist community in Invercargill.

We meet on Monday evenings and all are welcome, regardless of traditional background. If you follow this website you will be familiar with the idea that we are trying to create a modern response to our life in this world, using the buddha’s essential teachings as a guide.

Our style of meditation is ‘informal mindfulness’, though once seated if you have particular practices you prefer then there is no objection from the facilitators. We are completely non-denominational, and this includes some forms of secular buddhism too, which can seem to lean to heavily in one direction (vipassana for example).

We are not concerned with becoming advanced practitioners of one form of meditative practice, but in solving some of the simpler dilemmas we face each day. This is an organic group where new ideas are welcome, provided they are shared in the spirit of mutual support. Our practice does have a zen flavour. We do not chant, recite mantras, or worship buddhist deities. We just try to bring ourselves fully to each moment and support each other in community.

Contact us via this website or on our facebook group page – Invercargill Secular Buddhist Community.

Thank you, Leon

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  1. Carol Smith
    Posted January 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Welcome to ‘the family’ Leon! I am a member of the Auckland group, and it sounds like you guys have a setup similar to ours with the exception of rules. We have 3.
    Rule 1. No one is in charge
    Rule 2. there is no rule 2
    Rule 3. There are no rules
    So far, everything is working well, and I remain impressed at how everyone consistently abides by the rules 😉

  2. Posted April 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    The group’s initial meeting is reviewed on the Binge Thinking Culture blog here.

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