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Our new home...

posted 4 Mar 2014 18:39 by Amala Wrightson   [ updated 6 Mar 2014 14:24 ]

On Friday 28th of February, after receiving council resource consent, the Auckland Zen Centre took possession of 52 Princes Street, Onehunga. It's close to our present zendo and a minute from both the train station and bus depot. The interior will require considerable remodelling before we move in.

More information here.

Tenth Anniversary celebrations, 22-23 February 2014

posted 13 Feb 2014 17:41 by Sally McAra   [ updated 18 Feb 2014 17:04 ]

Concert and Book Launch

This Saturday (22 Feb), we're holding a concert at the Centre. Richard von Sturmer will introduce a lineup of talented poets, musicians and other performers, there'll be light refreshments at half-time.

We'll also be launching a 48-page publication to commemorate the anniversary, which includes writing by people involved with the Zen Centre and a history of Zen in Auckland. The book will be on sale at $20 a copy.

The evening's events start at 7pm. RSVP for Saturday night here.

Sitting, Ceremony of Gratitude, and Picnic

On Sunday (23 Feb), we'll have an informal sitting at the Centre, starting at 8:30 a.m. and then a Ceremony of Gratitude* at 9:30 a.m. (please wear a robe if you have one -- children and spouses welcome).

After that, you're welcome to join us for a picnic brunch, meeting at about 11:00 a.m. at Cornwall Park (see below for meeting spot). Please bring a plate of vegetarian food to share and something to sit on.

If you have any trouble finding the group, call or text Peter McQuarrie 027 458 6187, or Helen Gallagher 027 293 7263, for the location.

We hope to park in the carpark off the roundabout at the end of Pohutukawa Drive and set up somewhere under a tree in the big field below the memorial steps (look for a white gazebo tent), but if not, Peter or Helen will be able to direct you.

Maps will be available at the Centre. If rainy we'll stay at 15 Church St for the meal.

RSVP for Sunday morning here.

*A Ceremony of Gratitude is a chance to express thanks for anything that you feel particularly grateful for; there is an opportunity to speak if  you wish, and written statements are also read out (people not attending may email Sensei a few lines to include).

For more information or to get involved in helping out, please contact the coordinator, Helen 027 293 7263, h.gallagher61@gmail.com.

Food: Sally 021 0237 7475, info@aucklandzen.org.nz.

Getting There

Auckland Zen Centre, 15 Church St, Onehunga (concert, sitting, ceremony). Map here. If coming by car, please do not park in front of Coster Motors. There is a parking lot just to the right of Coster Motors which we can use.


Cornwall Park (brunch)

We'll meet in the carpark directly off the roundabout at the end of Pohutukawa Drive, near the toilets, and set up under one of the large trees on the edge of the big field. If you have any trouble finding the group, text one of the numbers above. Map here.


Guest Speaker, Dr. Ananda Guruge

posted 29 Oct 2013 14:08 by Kathryn Argetsinger

On Sunday 10 November at 9:30 am (after 2 rounds of zazen starting as usual at 8:30), we will have a guest speaker, Dr. Ananda Guruge, who will speak on Buddhist bioethics. Ananda W.P. Guruge, who Sensei met at the International Buddhist Confederation meeting she attended in Delhi, is a retired Sri Lankan diplomat and a scholar in the field of Indology and Buddhist Studies. He is the author of over thirty books, among the most recent a complete translation of the Sinhalese chronicle, The Mahavamsa, and a biography of King Ashoka.

Great Jukai Coming Up on Sunday, 7 July 2013

posted 19 Jun 2013 14:04 by Kathryn Argetsinger   [ updated 19 Jun 2013 14:06 ]

Jukai is the Mahayana Taking-the-Precepts Ceremony, in which we receive the Sixteen Precepts, and commit to putting them into practice to the best of our ability. Great Jukai, a more elaborate version of the ceremony, is celebrated periodically and will be observed at our Centre for the first time this year.


Jukai can be considered as the ceremonial highlight of the Buddhist year, and all are encouraged to attend.


Following the ceremony we will gather for a meal at a Chinese vegetarian restaurant in Panmure. The cost will be about $25 per person and if you plan to attend the meal, please RSVP by clicking the link and following the instructions. This will help us get an accurate count for the booking.  http://www.doodle.com/ya8hcvgb6hwaw38d


Schedule for the Evening:

The zendo will be open for informal sitting beginning at 4:00, with the ceremony beginning at 5:00 sharp. Please plan to be robed and in the zendo before 5:o0.

The ceremony starts with a journey through the Six Realms of Unenlightened Existence, featuring visual displays prepared collaboratively by Centre members. Next there will be a chance to offer dana to Sensei. Envelopes are provided and offerings are kept anonymous. Unlike the usual dana given at a sitting, which goes towards the upkeep of the AZC, this offering is to Sensei personally, a token of gratitude for receiving teachings. Following this the Heart Sutra is chanted; then we recite a repentance gatha (verse) as a means of purification prior to receiving the sixteen precepts. The Three Refuges, the Three General Resolutions and the Ten Cardinal Precepts are each repeated three times.

After the ceremony, we will head off to Panmure for dinner (please RSVP above).

Rakusu Ceremony

If you have sewn a rakusu in preparation for Jukai, you will receive it from Sensei in a ceremony starting at 3:30. As Sensei will need to inscribe your rakusu with your Dharma name, please make sure that the rakusu is complete and delivered to Sensei at least one week in advance of the ceremony.

March 2013 Working Sesshin

posted 13 Feb 2013 13:44 by Kathryn Argetsinger   [ updated 1 Mar 2013 16:33 ]

Tuesday evening, 12 March, will see the opening of the first Working Sesshin we have offered in some years. During a Working Sesshin participants maintain their normal work schedule during the day but commit to attending sittings at the Centre each morning and evening. Past participants have found that this type of sesshin provides an excellent way to practice integrating the fruits of sitting into one’s daily routine. 

Formal sittings will begin with the regular Tuesday 7:00 pm sitting. Thereafter we will have formal sittings Wednesday through Friday from 6:00 to 7:15 am each morning and from 7:00 to 9:00 pm each evening. We end on Saturday with an all-day sitting for which people may sign up separately if they wish. This will leave Sunday free as a rest day. A silent breakfast will follow each morning sitting, and a light supper will be available to which participants may help themselves (in silence) before each evening sitting. You should plan to provide your own lunch (main meal) at work. 

Applications for the Working Sesshin are due on Tuesday, 5 March (one week in advance of the start date). The sesshin will be charged at the special rate of $80 for the four days. Sleeping at the Centre is an option for a limited number of people.

Centre Closed During Sesshin

posted 31 Dec 2012 15:04 by Kathryn Argetsinger   [ updated 13 Jan 2013 00:51 ]

The Centre will be closed during the January 7-day sesshin, 5-12 January. Regular sittings resume on Tuesday 15 January starting with the Tuesday morning 6am sitting.

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