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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Centre updates: 11 July
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday
We are open during these hours for 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 use the Centre at any time for their own informal sitting. 

Live-streaming is continuing for all formal sittings and teishos at the Centre. 
We are also offering other home-based options for those who remain home-based and those who live far from the Centre.  

August Sesshin dates are Friday 21 August to Friday 28 August. Sesshin will be going ahead at Alert Level 1.

Book nights
Throughout 2020 we are exploring Shantideva's classic text on the Bodhisattva path. Our 4 week winter series of book nights finished Wednesday 10 June, but we will be back again in the spring. More information here.
Our next workshop will run on Saturday 8 August and Saturday 15 August. Our introductory workshops are in a two-part format, and include:
    • an introduction to Zen Buddhism
    • detailed instructions on sitting (zazen) and walking meditation
    • guidelines for establishing daily home practice
Both sessions of the workshop run from 1 - 4.30 p.m. and will take place at our zendo, located at 52 Princes St in Onehunga. 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 usually purchase direct from the Centre during opening hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday), but as we are low in stock currently, please phone or order online first, to avoid disappointment. 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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