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?
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 secular Buddhist group sits twice a month
- 1st and 3rd Tuesdays • 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
If you’re wanting a practice of meditation that is secular in orientation and framed by Buddhist ethical and philosophical values, at One Mindful Breath we explore the role of mindfulness in embracing the suffering of life, letting go of the dictates of reactivity, experiencing the calm and clarity of spaciousness, and cultivating creative engagement as a way of being in the world.
The first Wednesday of each month, ‘Beginners’ Mind’, offers you a chance to experience a short meditation practice. Whether you’ve never meditated or you tried but found it too hard, you’re most welcome to join us. You’ll find out you won’t be trying to ‘stop your thoughts’, and you will be learning a useful skill.
- Wednesday evenings • 7:15 to 9:15pm @ The Friends’ Centre, Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria
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
Bluegum Sangha, North Sydney
Golden Wattle Sangha, Bondi Junction
Kookaburra Sangha, Inner West Sydney
NOTE: None of the persons whose email addresses are accessible above wish to receive unsolicited commercial electronic messages.