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
29A Portage Road
(see notice above for location)

Meditation instruction is provided.

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

All welcome! knot_red jpgUpcoming Programmes:

Sunday morningsmonthly from August 9

fancalligraphyThe Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa

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 restricted as seminary transcripts.  At his wish, after years of work by his editor, Judith L. 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 LiberationPath 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 9 August, Sunday 13 September,
Sunday 11 October, Sunday, 8 November
Subsequent classes will be notified. Some variation to dates may occur

Please register by emailing Paul Turvey at with ’Profound Treasury’ in the subject line and including all your contact details.
REGISTRATION: Course fee: $120 (nine classes) *Concessions: $60
* If you cannot attend because of financial hardship, please talk to us.

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birth_of_the_warrior-200x200Shambhala Training Level Two
with Rodger Pool

Pre-requisite, Shambhala Training Level I

Saturday 19 Sept 2015: 8.30 am to 5.30pm
Sunday 20 Sept: 8.30 to 6pm


“The point of Shambhala Training is to get out of the cocoon, which is the shyness and aggression in which we have wrapped ourselves.”  —Chögyam Trungpa
In this second Shambhala Training weekend, we cultivate our willingness to observe
our cocoon of habitual fear and defence mechanisms. We start to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness.

The weekend includes meditation instruction and practice, talks, group discussions and personal interviews. Breakfast is provided each day as part of this programme, and a reception on Sunday evening.

REGISTRATION: Email Paul Turvey at with ‘Level 2’ in subject line
Payment: before 10 September – $120. Late payment (after 10 Sept) – $135.
Concessions* and repeats – $70 *If financial hardship would prevent you from attending, please contact us.


knot_red jpgAdvance Notice:

header_termineTwo-week Meditation Retreat (half-dathun):
2 – 16 January 2016

 Directed by Acharya Dale Asrael

This retreat is currently in the planning stage, and details will be added when finalised.
It will be held in Taumarunui. 

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.  DaleAsrael

Acharya Dale Asrael became a student of Chögyam Trungpa in 1974.   She is an associate professor at Naropa University in the Transpersonal Psychology, Buddhist Studies, and Contemplative Education departments. She is the Dean of Meditation Instructors for Shambhala