Auckland Zen Centre Governance

AZC Mission

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

Grant George, -- 
Richard von Sturmer, Chairperson -- 
Adrian Croucher -- 
Kate Paulin, Secretary-- 
Peter Christensen, Treasurer --

Sensei Amala Wrightson, Spiritual Director --

Auckland Zen Centre Trustees
Adrian Croucher, Peter Christensen (back row),
Sensei Amala Wrightson, Kate Paulin, Grant George,
Richard von Sturmer

AZC Trust Deed

The Auckland Zen Centre is a registered Charitable Trust (IRD #94-887-291) whose deed provides for governance by a Spiritual Director and a Board of Trustees. According to the terms of the Trust Deed, the purposes and aims of the Trust include:
  1. Disseminating in New Zealand the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha for the benefit of all living beings; 
  2. Educating all interested members of the public about Zen meditative practices and life skills that free individuals from greed, hatred and delusion, and that create citizens who are peaceful, compassionate, loving, and clear-sighted; 
  3. Training and developing instructors, priests, and fully qualified teachers of Zen Buddhism; 
  4. Providing suitable facilities and support for the teaching and practice of all facets of Zen Buddhism, including residential training; 
  5. Providing meditation equipment and educational resources on Zen Buddhism in a range of media for distribution to the general public; 
Undertaking community outreach charitable activities as deemed suitable from time to time by the Spiritual Director and the Trustees. The Trust is committed, in fulfilling its purposes, to:

  1. Upholding the Sixteen Cardinal Precepts of Mahayana Buddhism: 
    • Three Treasures: Taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. 
    • Three Pure Precepts: Doing good, abstaining from evil, liberating all sentient beings. 
    • Ten Cardinal Precepts: Not killing, not stealing, not engaging in harmful sexual relations, not lying, not abusing intoxicants, not speaking of others’ faults, not boasting, not withholding spiritual or material aid, not indulging in anger, and not reviling the Three Treasures (of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha). 
  2. Working to Embody the Six Perfections:
    • Giving (Dana) – offering the teaching freely and supporting it generously. 
    • Morality (Sila) – abstaining from harmful behaviour and engaging in helpful behaviour (especially as outlined in the precepts above). 
    • Forbearance (Ksanti) – being tolerant of differences and difficulties and solving conflicts peacefully. 
    • Diligence (Virya) – practicing the Dharma with energy, consistency and commitment. 
    • Meditation (Dhyana) – developing concentration through sitting practice as well as engaging wholeheartedly in whatever one is doing. 
    • Wisdom (Prajna) – seeing things as they are.
Click here to read the full text of the Trust Deed.

Minutes of Trust Meetings are available upon request from the Secretary.

2016-2021 Strategic Plan

Ethical Guidelines

The Centre's Ethics and Grievance Policy is available below as a PDF (no changes made in 2018). The current members of the EAR Committee are Grant George, Sally McAra, Hamish Bartle (chair), Pilar Romero and John Hennebry.

Members' Meeting

Each Spring the Trustees present the Centre's Annual Financial  Statements to Centre members, and Amala-Sensei reports on the year's activities. A link to all the Centre's annual financial statements is 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.

Amala Wrightson,
9 May 2017, 15:22
Amala Wrightson,
9 May 2017, 15:23
Amala Wrightson,
30 Aug 2017, 13:16