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Update July 2018

The renovation of our building is now complete, but we are still gathering funds to house our new Buddha figure. People who attend sittings at the Centre will have already met our new zendo Buddha figure, which arrived from Vietnam in March 2018. It is wonderful to finally have in our meditation hall a seated Buddha figure with a straight back, serene face and hands in the zazen mudra, to model our sitting practice for us. The figure and base are carved from jack-fruit wood, polished to a rich chestnut colour. Many, many thanks to Ven. Sudama Ngo (a priest at the RZC) for negotiating with the sculptors in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as making a substantial contribution toward the cost. And many thanks to others here and abroad, who also contributed. The final step will be to design and build a suitable altar for the figure, when causes and conditions align themselves.  

If you would like to donate specifically towards the altar, please see our donation page and put Altar Appeal as a reference in your donation.   

Update, July 2017

When we first purchased our current building we made a short video to accompany our appeal for funds for the remodeling, to show friends and supporters overseas what we were trying to do. This new video is a short tour to show you what we've achieved since then.

A special thanks to all our friends and supporters - especially those of you who contribute to the Centre from afar.

Auckland Zen Centre 2017


August 2016:

The first stage of our new Zen Centre building development has been largely completed, thanks to the generosity of our many donors. We've now occupied the wonderful new premises for over two years. We're currently editing a short video to update our many generous donors and helpers.

Here are some photos taken since we moved in.

2014 update: Our home base in Onehunga

(fundraising information from 2014)

A peaceful, welcoming and accessible urban centre; a sanctuary in the midst of the busyness of Auckland; a long-term home for the AZC Sangha. The major hurdles to achieving all of this have already been cleared -- finding an affordable property in Auckland’s overheated market, and getting permission to use it as a "place of assembly". Now we just have to complete the job!

On 28 February 2014 we took possession of a large single-storey warehouse in Onehunga, and over the next few months we will transform it into a Zen centre. When finished the zendo will be quieter, better ventilated and more spacious than our present one. There'll also be a full kitchen, a comfortable library area, more office space, a sound-proofed dokusan room, separate women's and men's changing rooms and a wheelchair-accessible toilet.


Much generosity has made this purchase possible. Most of the funds have come from the Paramita Trust (set up by Sensei and Richard) in the form of an interest-free loan, with the remainder coming out of the Centre's Building Fund (consisting of dana from New Zealand and overseas donors saved over the past 10 years).


The Centre still has reserves to pay for all the consultants needed for the building consent application, a contractor to do the major alterations. But we need to raise an additional funds to complete all the work. 


We are already receiving much valuable help from the Sangha in the form of free or discounted architectural services, insurance brokering and structural engineering advice, not to mention all the hours that the Trustees and Centre staff have put in to get us to this point, and we expect to do a lot of the dismantling and finishing work ourselves, but funds are needed to complete the job.

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