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?

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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 022 049 3461‬ or Ron Dubin 03 329 3032 or send an email


To find out about First Light Meditation, send Pete Cowley an email, phone/text him on 022 610 2910 or go to


To connect with secular Buddhists in Invercargill, 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

Find out more from Noah – send him an email, phone/text 021 885 180 or go to and sign up for our quarterly 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, North Sydney

Golden Wattle Sangha, Bondi Junction

Kookaburra Sangha, Inner West Sydney


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