Membership and Giving

The principle of dana, or giving, is central to Buddhism and to practice at the Auckland Zen Centre. Anyone seeking the Dharma will be welcomed, and all donations large or small will be gratefully received. The Centre relies on donations and volunteer hours to support our priests and trainees, pay for our building, furnish our zendo, run our office, and offer workshops, sittings and other programmes.

Becoming a Member

Everyone who participates in the Centre's activities is warmly welcomed into the AZC Sangha. If you are, or expect to be, a regular participant in Centre activities, or just want to contribute to furthering the Centre's aims, you are encouraged to apply for Membership. Attendance at an introductory workshop is a prerequisite for membership. See also information about the Centre's governance, including its ethical guidelines for members and people in leadership roles.

Members pledge to make a regular donation to the Centre, and to participate in the life of the Centre through sitting at the Centre and volunteering where possible. Members receive regular e-news about upcoming activities; access to the books in our library; reduced sesshin fees; and eligibility for Teacher's Scholarship Fund grants. After you have been a Member for a year you may request to become a formal student of Sensei. Information on what becoming a student entails is available on request. Click the link above to apply for membership. Or participate casually for a while to get a feel for the community.

Donating to the Auckland Zen Centre (overview)
  • Your one-off or regular donations go towards the general costs associated with keeping our doors open.
  • Donations to the Teacher's Scholarship Fund (TSF) help to defray sesshin expenses for students who would not otherwise be able to attend sesshin. 
Information for New Zealand-based donors
  • The Auckland Zen Centre is a registered charitable entity (CC20537) in terms of the Charities Act 2005. 
  • Donations are tax-deductible for New Zealand residents (IRD #94-887-291). 
  • Internet transfers may be made to Auckland Zen Centre, Kiwibank #38 9005 035812500. 
  • Please note that cheques are no longer accepted by our bank. 
  • You may also use the "donate" (PayPal) button below. Paypal does charge us a commission, so internet banking is preferable. Paypal will email you to confirm that your donation has been received by Kathryn Argetsinger.
Information for overseas donors
  • For US residents who wish to claim a tax deduction, donations may be made to the Rochester Zen Center with instructions designating the funds for the Auckland Zen Centre account.
  • Please do not send us a cheque. Cheques are no longer accepted by our bank. 
  • Internet transfers may be made to Auckland Zen Centre, account number #38 9005 035812500, Kiwibank Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand; SWIFT CODE: KIWINZ22. Please include a reference with your cheque or electronic payment detailing the purpose of the payment.
  • You can also use the PayPal button below. Paypal will email you to confirm that your donation has been received by Kathryn Argetsinger.

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