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One Mindful Breath
Wellington Friends Centre
Montcrieff Street, Mount Victoria
We are a democratic sangha of around 20 practitioners and we practice mindfulness as the first step in developing an ethical life. Through developing concentration (meditation), we gain insight into our mind’s habits. This allows us to cultivate a more compassionate and generous mind, which translates into action in the world!
Our practice is based on secular Buddhism. We develop our practice around the four tasks the Buddha taught to his followers.
With us you can:
– Learn to practice mindfulness
– Deepen or refresh your meditation practice
– Find a friendly group of people to meditate with, or
– Find out more about secular dharma
We can be found at the Friends’ Centre in Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria each Wednesday evening. If you’ve never meditated before you might like to come on the first Wednesday of the month which is our beginners’ session. Doors open at 7:15pm.
As well as our regular Wednesday evening sessions, we run weekend retreats and workshops – take a look at our website and follow us on Facebook for regular updates.
When we pause, and let our mind rest, we feel better – there’s no great mystery in this, the only mystery is why we don’t do it more often.
Whether you’re in Wellington or elsewhere on the planet, you practice on your own or are part of a group, if you’re wanting additional support for your practice you’re welcome to take part in One Mindful Breath’s online secular Buddhist practice sessions. They take place on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 19:30–20:30 NZ time.
In this moment – a newsletter
An archive of secular Buddhist newsletters that went out from 2012 through 2019 from the predecessor to this website, crafted in Wellington with lots of love and thought.
New Zealand Buddhist Council
Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand is an associate member of New Zealand Buddhist Council.
Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand on YouTube
A selection of useful videos, mostly made in Wellington, you can find them here.
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 Christine an email.
To find out out when First Light Meditation meets send Pete Cowley an email or phone/text him on 022 610 2910.
To connect with secular Buddhists in Hamilton send Freida Maverick an email or phone/text her on 027 907 6242.
To connect with secular Buddhists on the Kapiti Coast send Peter Davies an email or phone/text him on 022 645 9083.
A secular insight meditation group meets regularly; they don’t teach meditation but can put you onto people in the area who do.
- 2nd and 4th Sundays • 5:30pm
Find out more from Jill Simpson – send her an email or phone/text her on 021 215 6929.
If you’re wanting a practice of meditation that is secular in orientation and framed by Buddhist ethical and philosophical values, One Mindful Breath explores 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.
‘Beginners’ Mind’ on the first Weds of the month offers 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 come along. 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, 7 Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria