If you do not throw yourself into the breakers, how will you ever meet the one who frolics in the waves? 

--Zen Saying

The Auckland Zen Centre is a Buddhist community supporting authentic Zen practice and training in Auckland City, New Zealand.

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Good news! On Friday 29 May the limit on gatherings changes from 10 to 100 and we can resume sittings at the Centre.

Our first sit together will be Sunday 31 May. We will be sitting three rounds then celebrating Vesak together. For details see our Weekly Announcements email or contact our Centre Manager (info@aucklandzen.org.nz).

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday
We are open during these hours for Dharmagear sales, enquiries and visitors. All welcome. 

All formal sittings have resumed at the Centre. For details of our current schedule see our Sittings page or check the AZC CalendarMembers can also once again use the Centre at any time for their own informal sitting. 

Live-streaming will continue for all formal sittings and teishos at the Centre. 
We are also offering other home-based options for those still house-bound and those who live far from the Centre.  

Keeping up with the changing Alert Levels can be hard work! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by email (info@aucklandzen.org.nz). For more information how the Centre operates at each Alert Level, see our
Covid-19 page.

Book nights
Starting Wednesday 20 May, we will be exploring Shantideva's classic text on the Bodhisattva path on four consecutive Wednesday evenings. The book nights will be held on Zoom, hosted by Hanya, Sensei and senior students, and will be a chance to explore this text among Dharma friends. All are welcome, just join the Zoom meeting on the nights you can. More information here.
Our June workshop is FULL. Our next workshop will run on Saturday 8 August and Saturday 15 August.

Our introductory workshops are in a two-part format, and include:
    • detailed instructions on sitting (zazen) and walking meditation
    • how to establish a daily practice at home
    • developing mindfulness in daily life.
If you would like to attend the August workshop, please register here

We make and sell traditional meditation zafus (cushions) and zabutons (mats) here at the Centre. You can purchase direct from the Centre during opening hours (currently 1- 4 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday) or by mail order. See our Dharmagear website for more information. 
In 2019 the Auckland Zen Centre declared a Climate Emergency. In doing this, we join hundreds of other Buddhist communities, faith groups, councils, cities and nations around the world, in order to serve and live in harmony with our living planet and all its beings as best we can. For more about the declaration and the work we are already doing at the Centre, see our Compassionate Action page.

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