One Mindful Breath is a secular dharma practice community in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
Find out how simple meditation can be
Meditation is not about trying to ‘stop your thoughts’. Instead, it’s a useful skill for living a calmer and less reactive life. 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 events and follow us on Facebook for regular updates.
you can Just turn up
People with all levels of meditation experience are welcome, including absolute beginners. You can turn up to any Wednesday session – no registration is needed. While there’s no charge for our events, a contribution (dana) towards future events is gladly accepted. We are a secular Buddhist group, but you don’t need to be a secular Buddhist to join us.
Our practice is a simple one
We sit in silence and try to be aware of what is happening for us in that moment. Watching the breath, we may become aware of sounds, thoughts and feelings. We observe those sensations and let them go. We sit in chairs, but if you’d like to sit on a cushion and have one, you’re welcome to bring it along. Walking meditation is another practice we do (instructions are offered before we start).
And at the end of a meditation session, you’re welcome to spend five minutes journalling your reflections. We follow each meditation session with a discussion.
Never meditated before? There are many different ways to meditate. You can download a set of simple instructions here, or listen to the instructions below. You can also watch this three-part video series which gives instructions for a type of seated meditation. We don’t prescribe a type of meditation – experiment with different techniques and find the one that works for you.
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. If you want more in-depth information, the article ‘A Secular Buddhism’ by Stephen Batchelor is a good place to start. We develop our practice around the four tasks the Buddha taught to his followers. These are to:
Let go of reactivity
See the stopping of that reactivity, and
Act – respond, say, see, and set an ethical direction in our lives through the cultivation of a path, ‘the eightfold path.’
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.
Image credits: “Carol” by andrewscater used under CC BY-NC 2.0, “London Buddhist centre, cushions” by Thomas Riggs used under CC BY-NC 2.0.