Sensei and AZC Trustees
Auckland Zen Centre Governance
The Auckland Zen Centre fosters the teachings of Zen Buddhism by providing authentic training in its disciplines, practices and devotions. We are a community of practitioners united by a commitment to the cultivation of wisdom and compassion in widening circles, starting with our hearts and knowing no bounds.
Current Board of Trustees
Wayne Frecklington, Chair -- email@example.com
Grant George, Treasurer -- firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centre's Ethics and Grievance Policy is available below as a PDF. The current members of the EAR Committee are Grant George, Sally McAra and Hamish Bartle. The alternates are Pilar Romero and John Hennebry.
Each Spring the Trustees present the Centre's Annual Financial Statements to Centre members, and Amala-Sensei reports on the year's activities. The full financial statements are available on the Accounts subpage. PDFs of Sensei's report and the Treasurer's slide presentation of the Centre's finances are also available below.
Brainstorming Session on Community
In May 2015 some of the Centre's members got together to talk about how to strengthen our Dharma community. The full record of the brainstorming is available below as a PDF file. Here is a summary:
1. In what ways can we support each other to practice at the Centre and at home and to live the Dharma throughout our day?
The two main areas that became apparent during the discussion were a) ways to support practice and b) building community. It was concluded that a survey would be the best way to check out the support for some of the suggestions that are noted below. The committee for developing the survey are Anthony Pashkov, Celestyna Galicki and Fern McRae.
Sensei will join the committee as needed and approve the survey for distribution.
2. Is there the interest in, and what could be done to create, a Sangha intentional community in proximity to the Centre?
This group looked at like-minded people living close to the Centre. It was realised that the comments made below overlapped in some places with the needs for accommodation for residential training. It was decided that a committee needed to be set up to look at both these issues together, bringing together a long-term and short-term vision.
3. How can we create and fund more short-term and long-term residential training options at the Centre?
This group discussed how residential training can be accommodated. It brought up questions around how long we want to stay at the current property, and if this location will meet all the needs we have around residential training, sesshins and retreats. As mentioned above, the decision was to form a committee that would look questions around our long-term plans, since our current Strategic plan only covers the next five years:
- Do we try to develop the current Centre to meet all our needs? Residential- training and accommodation, sesshins….
- What are the site constraints -- parking, shared driveway...
- Do we plan to be here for 5, 10 , 20 years?
- What is the vision around the development of the Centre that the Sangha can hold and move forward with? Is it different from what we have already articulated?
Committee members: Peter Christiansen, Sensei, Helen Gallagher, Grant George.