Auckland Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Centre

header-flowers-3The Auckland Shambhala Meditation Centre is part of a worldwide community of meditation centres founded by meditation master the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led today by his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Our lineage combines the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala tradition of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.

Our meditation centre offers:

gongsAuckland Shambhala Centre is now in New Lynn, at:
29A Portage Road, New Lynn
Opposite East-West Organics
(Above DTR Motors – find our red door
at rear of car yard!)

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sub_small_meditationShambhala Open House:
Group Meditation Practice
Every Thursday evening, 7pm

Meditation instruction is provided.

Group meditation is followed by a dharma talk, tea and conversation.
A  donation is appreciated.

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Upcoming Programmes:

Sunday morningsmonthly, to resume in 2016

fancalligraphyThe Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa
Video study course with Acharya Judy Lief

Facilitated by: Helen Bennett and Rodger Pool

The Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s most profound teachings to his closest students on the view, practices and application of the Tibetan Buddhist Path were presented at three-month seminaries.  At his wish, after years of work by his editor, Judy Lief, they are now available to all students, presenting a map of the path from beginning to end. This is a truly remarkable feat of dharma transmission, with penetrating insights and mind-stoppers throughout.

Please join us in this nine-class video course with Acharya Judy Lief on the teachings of Volume One:  The Path of Individual Liberation

• Guided readings, contemplations and self-assessments   • Digital PDF: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma:  The Path of Individual Liberation (681 pp); ten  video talks by Judy Lief; two archival talks by Chögyam Trungpa  • Shamatha and vipashyana instruction, contemplations and discussions to guide your study and practice

Monthly Sunday morning classes – 9.30am to midday.
Sunday 11 October, Sunday, 8 November
Subsequent classes will be notified. Some variation to dates may occur

Course fee:   Donation of $15 – 20 per session 

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header_termineMidsummer Meditation Retreat (half-dathün):
2 – 16 January 2016

 Directed by Acharya Dale Asrael

The practice of dathun – a retreat dedicated to meditation practice – was introduced by Chögyam Trungpa and is one of the most significant elements of the Shambhala path. 

Dathün is designed so that in meditation practice and simple daily life, we may trust ourselves to be ourselves, discovering our connection to the natural world, and human society. This two week retreat is a half-dathün, and open to all. 

DaleAsraelAcharya Dale Asrael became a student of Chögyam Trungpa in 1974.    She is the Dean of Meditation Instructors for Shambhala.  The retreat theme will be Shambhala Meditation. Acharya Asrael will transmit to all the three steps/gestures of Shambhala Meditation as the context for trusting ourselves completely, and for our practices of mindfulness, awareness and awakened heart.

FEES: Two week retreat (half dathün): NZ$1330;
One week  (weekthün) 2 – 9 January or 9 – 16 January:  $665.

Includes full accommodation in shared rooms, or camp with own tent if preferred, plus all food and use of facilities. The retreat will be held in Taumarunui.   Auckland Shambhala will help with shared road transport from Auckland to Taumarunui, and overnight Auckland accommodation if needed.

Registration Please register at this link, providing full contact details.  Early registration is recommended.  Facilities for payment are being set up, and will be sent to you shortly after registration.


Making Friends with Death and Dying:
A Weekend with Judy Lief

Baltimore/sky.jpgSaturday 30 January 2016
and Sunday 31 January 2016
9.30 am to 5.30 pm

at the Blockhouse Bay Boat Club

In our society, the denial of impermanence, aging and death is a big problem. It leads to a tightness of spirit and a fearful, reactive approach to life. The more we’re willing to face what we usually avoid, the more we begin to relax with ourselves.

Relevant to all of us, this programme will be particularly useful to those facing death and dying, in families or communities, and as professionals and caregivers. It will be experiential and practice-based, structured around the themes of awareness, kindness and openness, with opportunities for dialogue and sharing. Outcomes include learning how to cultivate a personal mindfulness practice, and apply this training on the spot and in the midst of severe challenges.

The fee for the programme is $135. 
(A concessionary fee of $70 is available for those who, for reasons of financial hardship, would not otherwise be able to attend.  Please write to Susie at

Acharya Judy Lief is an experienced teacher in the Buddhist  and Shambhala traditions. She was a direct student of the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and edited many his writings, including the three-volume Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. Judy is the author of Making Friends with Death : A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality. For more information, see

The Blockhouse Bay Boat Club is located in the tide at the western edge of Blockhouse Bay.  Drive down Endeavour Street to the water’s edge, park in the car park, and walk along the footpath to the Boat Club.

Lunch and refreshments: You may bring your own lunch, or join others at one of the cafés in Blockhouse Bay.  Tea and coffee are provided.