Digital Library


A newsletter dedicated to supporting individuals and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand who practice insight meditation, INSIGHTAotearoa is not currently being published. Back copies are available here:!forum/insightaotearoa.

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Online resources for those wanting to learn to meditate

With thanks to the Sydney secular insight meditation teacher Winton Higgins, a glossary of buddhist terms is available here.

How to meditate: the art of formal practice, by Tara Brach as a web page or as a document

Some simple instructions for people starting out

Sitting meditation instructions, by Jack Kornfield

An introduction to meditation, by Gil Fronsdal (six downloadable MP3 files)

Awakening joy, a ten month experiential online course

Nelson cook and gardener Roger Wilde’s thoughts on beginning meditation

Dharma talks by Australian teacher Winton Higgins with a modern, secular view on this practice are available as PDFs at

Other resources

Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust

Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand

Secular Buddhism Aotearoa New Zealand youtube channel

The Insight Meditation Center, Barre, Massachusetts, USA

Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, Marin County, California, USA

Insight meditation in Australia

Gaia House, Devon, Britain

Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, the home of dharma punx

Metta Foundation, the home of insight dialogue

Audiodharma archive of downloadable dharma talks

Dharma Seed audio archive of downloadable dharma talks

Recommended books, periodicals, downloads, links etc


There are a number of communities and individuals who practise insight meditation, as well as people who teach it, in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This website lets you know who they are and where they can be found, as well as where you can find sitting groups, learn to meditate, and sign up for retreats.

Contact the community or person nearest to you to find out more.

A Thought for Today

Hatred never ceases through hatred.
Through love alone does hatred cease.

— The Buddha