Membership and Giving (Dana)

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. 

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 by
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 note that 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 "Donate" (PayPal) button below. Paypal does charge us a commission, so an internet transfer is preferable. Paypal will email you to confirm that your donation has been received by by

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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

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 access to the books in our library; access to the Centre after hours for informal meditation; reduced sesshin fees; and eligibility for Teacher's Scholarship Fund grants.  Attendance at an introductory workshop is a prerequisite for membership. Before applying to become a member you may also want to read more information about the Centre's governance, ethical guidelines (see the bottom of the Governance page) and teachersAfter you have been a Member for a year you may request to become a formal student. Information on what becoming a student entails is available on request. 

Privacy Statement

If you become a member or participate in Centre activities like workshops or sesshins (retreats), we will collect personal information from you, including your:

  • name
  • contact details
  • interactions with us (e.g. workshops attended, donations made)
  • emergency contact / next of kin
  • health information and allergies
We collect this personal information in order to:
  • Stay in touch with participants about Centre activities (you can always choose what emails you receive and can unsubscribe at any time)
  • Keep retreat participants safe if they have health issues and respond effectively if an emergency did arise on retreat or at the Centre
  • Contact family in an emergency
We will not use your information for any other purpose and we will not share it with any other organization. Providing this information is optional. 
If you choose not to enter health information on sesshin (retreat) applications, we may not be able to look after you as well during sesshin.
If you choose not to enter emergency contact details, we'll be unable to respond as effectively if an emergency did occur on sesshin or at the Centre.

We keep your information safe by storing it securely and only allowing appropriate staff to access it. We do not keep it for any longer than needed. 
You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or to have it corrected, please contact us at, or 09 550 4383 (office), or 52 Princes St, Onehunga, Auckland.

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