Phone: (09) 550 4383 - Auckland Zen Centre
52 Princes St,
Office hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. You are welcome to call in and try out cushions or collect cushions during office hours.
In 1986 when Sensei Amala Wrightson (then Charlotte) began her Zen training at the Rochester Zen Centre, she learned how to make traditional meditation gear including zafus (cushions) and zabutons (mats). Over the following years Amala-sensei used these skills to supply both individuals and sitting groups with long-lasting, practical meditation gear. In 2004 Amala-sensei returned to New Zealand to establish the Auckland Zen Centre and handed the cushion making onto Teresa Behrens, who developed it into a business and named it "Dharmagear". In 2015 Teresa passed Dharmagear back to the now well-established Auckland Zen Centre. Today Dharmagear is operated as a not-for-profit business and all proceeds are returned to the Auckland Zen Centre so that we can continue to provide an ideal place for people to learn and develop their meditation practice. At Dharmagear we continue to make a range of traditional mediation cushions, mats and meditation stools, drawing on the skills of local woodworkers and sewers. Everything is still handmade here in Auckland, using natural fabrics, fillings and materials.
About Auckland Zen Centre
The purpose of the Auckland Zen Centre is to foster deeply grounded Zen Buddhist practice, and to support a vibrant Sangha of committed practitioners. We offer meditation workshops, regular meditation opportunities (both formal and informal sittings), talks on Zen practice and week-long sesshins (retreats). As a community we celebrate a full range of ceremonies to mark important days on the Buddhist calendar. We also work with other groups to support a fair and sustainable society, as environmental care and people care are both essential parts of our Buddhist practice.