Around the country


If a secular dharma can be said to exist at all in Aotearoa New Zealand, it is a network of individuals and small, local communities, rather than an organisation.

If you’re considering starting a group in your area take a look at this post – Creating Community – and phone/text Ramsey Margolis on 021 97 35 31 or send an email if you have any questions or to add your contact details to the list below.

The notion of a secular Buddhism is a temporary and transitional one, of course. Perhaps a secular dharma might be a more appropriate term. What do you think?

Weta by Fraser Williamson

Weta by Fraser Williamson –

Diamond Harbour

A secular insight meditation group meets weekly, and beginners are welcome

  • Tuesdays • 6:30–7:30pm @ 7a Whero Ave, Diamond Harbour

Find out more from Christine Dann 03 329 4588 or Ron Dubin 03 329 3032 or send an email


For info on Invercargill’s secular buddhist community, send Leon Frampton an email or phone/text 020 4051 8550


A secular insight meditation group meets regularly – we don’t teach meditation but can put you onto people in our area who do

  • 2nd and 4th Sundays • 5:30pm

Find out more from Jill Simpson – send an email or phone/text 021 215 6929


A fortnightly sitting group started in February 2017

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays • 7pm

Find out more from Ron Tustin – send an email or phone/text 027 553 0238


Get in touch with Klaus Pierstorff – send an email or phone 07 869 0590


Initially known as Simply Meditation, One Mindful Breath is Wellington’s secular Buddhist community. Between 10 and 20 friends gather weekly to sit in meditation, followed by wide-ranging discussion around a secular approach to dharma practice

  • Wednesday evenings • 7:15 to 9:15pm @ The Friends’ Centre, Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria

Find out more from Linley – send her an email, phone/text 027 948 1700 or go to and sign up for a brief monthly newsletter. Click here for the most recent newsletter.


Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand is an associate member of New Zealand Buddhist Council.

While not too far away….

With Australia just a few hours flying distance, you are invited to explore their secular Buddhist communities

Secular Buddhism Australia

Recollective Awareness Meditation Australia

Ashtree Sangha

Beaches Sangha

Bluegum Sangha

Kookaburra Sangha


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