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 pay for our building, furnish our zendo, run our office, and offer workshops, sittings and other programmes.
Becoming a Member
If you are, or expect to be, a regular participant in Centre activities, you are encouraged to apply for Membership. AZC members receive regular e-news about upcoming activities; access to the books and CDs in our Members' 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 Amala-sensei. Information on what becoming a student entails is available on request.
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.
- Donations to the Resident Trainee Support Fund (RTSF) help resident trainees pay for unexpected large expenses such as dental bills. For more information go to here.
- Donations to the Building Fund support the continuing development of 52 Princes St, which is the new home for the Auckland Zen Centre.
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.
- Cheques should be made payable to the Auckland Zen Centre and either placed in the donations box at the centre or mailed to Auckland Zen Centre, P.O. Box 109 729, Newmarket, 1149.
- You may also use the "donate" (PayPal) button below, though Paypal does charge us a 3.5% 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.
- Cheques in US dollars may also be mailed to Auckland Zen Centre, P.O. Box 109 729, Newmarket, Auckland 1149, New Zealand. For US tax deduction, see previous point above.
- Internet transfers may be made to Auckland Zen Centre, account number #38 9005 035812500, Kiwibank Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand; SWIFT CODE: CITINZ2X. 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.