Wellington’s Simply Meditation has a new name

After coming together for four years as Simply Meditation, Wellington’s secular Buddhist community will from January 2017 be known as:

One Mindful Breath logo

Bringing together practitioners from differing traditions and from none, at the core of our activities was the Wednesday evening meditation session. That Simply Meditation was much more than simply meditation, though, had been known for a long time as also on offer were what can be described as a menu of opportunities during and around those Wednesday evening sessions.

Before October 2016, every session had by default been a beginners’ evening, frustrating those who wanted to deepen their practice and explore the teachings around meditation. Now, the first Wednesday of each month is ‘Beginners Mind’, intended as suitable for beginners, although people new to meditation practice may turn up at every session,

It was agreed that a change of name would be useful. Through a list of possible names developed initially among members of the Simply Meditation care committee, a wide range of options were discussed. Thinking about a name for the community that would suggest the breadth of our intention, the factors considered included:

  • How well does a particular name express what we intend to do and who we believe we are?
  • What does a name say about our values?
  • Who may be attracted by the names we were examining?
  • For whom will a particular name be a barrier?

One Mindful Breath became the preferred name for the community as it suits the wide range of our activities, and those we intend to do. The strapline ‘a secular dharma practice community’ situates us within a secular Buddhist milieu.

Everything is born within a set of circumstances, and dies in a different set of circumstances. Nothing is perfect, and the change of our name recognises that all things are impermanent, including the dharma. The Community Formerly Known As Simply Meditation will continue to meet and develop, one mindful breath at a time.

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6 Comments

  1. Freida Maverick
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    One Mindful Breath -love it!

  2. Sean Wright
    Posted February 25, 2017 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    I like this formulation actually. I lot of groups have “Title”…Sangha. Which unless you have experience with Pali or some cursory reading around Buddhism may put a linguistic barrier up for people. “Dharma” probably has wide enough usage in English as to not cause the same problem.

  3. Posted February 25, 2017 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! Glad you like it. My favourite new name was Temporary Vehicle (I’m joking actually). Here in Wellington when a courier’s van goes in for service, they drive around in a car without logos and the sign ‘TEMPORARY VEHICLE’ on an A4 sheet in a window. I’m always sorely tempted to knock on the driver’s window and ask what happens at midnight, does it turn into a pumpkin?

    But seriously, it’s also a play on the division between mahayana (great vehicle) and hinayana (lesser vehicle), and at the same time points to the fact that this body we inhabit is only here for this life.

    • Sean Wright
      Posted February 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      You are not a fan of Haiku by any chance Ramsey?

      Very funny take on it.

      • Posted February 26, 2017 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

        Poetry is something that has intrigued me since I was a teenager. The way a good poet shapes and sculpts language enthrals me. Haiku though I’ve not yet managed to develop a passion for.

  4. Sean Wright
    Posted February 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Ah yes it’s a strange practice (Haiku)

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