One Mindful Breath is a secular dharma practice community in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
If you’re wanting a practice of meditation that is secular and framed by Buddhist ethical and philosophical values, welcome to One Mindful Breath.
Find out how simple meditation can be
Meditation is not about trying to ‘stop your thoughts’. It is, though, a useful skill for living a calmer and less reactive life. Whether you want to:
learn to practice mindfulness
deepen or refresh your meditation practice
find a friendly group of people to meditate with, or
dip a sceptical toe into the stream of secular Buddhism
come to the Friends’ Centre in Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria on a 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 Wednesday evening meetings, we run daylong workshops, organise study grups and more – take a look at our Events and follow us on Facebook.
you can Just turn up
People with all levels of meditation experience are welcome to all our sessions, including total, complete and absolute beginners, and there’s no such thing as a silly question.
While there’s no charge to attend any of our events, a contribution towards future events is gladly accepted.
Our practice is a simple one
We sit silently, in stillness, on chairs rather than on cushions on the floor, aware of whatever is happening for us at that moment. If you’d prefer to sit on the floor on a cushion or a stool and you have what you need, you’re welcome to bring it along.
Watching the breath as it enters and leaves the body, we may become aware of sounds, or sensations in the body, or take note of our thoughts and feelings. Walking meditation is another practice we do from time to time, and instructions are offered before we start.
And at the end of some of our meditation sessions, we may spend four or five minutes reflecting on what happened during our meditation session, journalling what we can recall, following this with a discussion.
You can download really simple meditation instructions to use at home here, or if you prefer just listen to the instructions below.
Valuing community, care, creativity and compassion, we think of ourselves as a community of practitioners who are dedicated to developing a relationship between a secular approach to Buddhism and an ethical, compassionate engagement with all beings on this planet. In practice, we do this with:
Gaining insight through focused self-observation, and
The cultivation of states of compassion and unconditional friendliness, or love, based on that insight. This compassion translates into action in the world.
With an understanding that a secular Buddhist approach is more than simply seated meditation, we develop our practice around the four tasks the Buddha taught his followers. These are to:
Let go of instinctive reactivity
See the stopping of that reactivity, and
Act: respond, say, see, set a direction in our lives, cultivate a path – ‘the eightfold path’ – in which we work on eight aspects of our lives.
It’s essentially a positive feedback loop, rather than a climb to ever greater heights (or depths) of ... whatever. 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.