Free meditation classes in Auckland

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Songs of the Soul Concert

Monday 7 November 2016; 7.30 pm

International classical, world and jazz musicians

A magical evening of sublime melodies and dynamic arrangements

Experience music full of joy and inner peace

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About our meditation classes

sri-chinmoy1Why meditate ?

In our fast-paced and often stressful modern lives, meditation is becoming recognized as a powerful life skill, bringing a renewed sense of clarity, purpose, simplicity and calm. Effective and natural, meditation reconnects us with our inner strength, unburdens the mind, takes us down to an inner space of stillness.

With the help of a few simple techniques we can learn to improve focus, develop poise, solve problems, reduce stress and see our life path more clearly. Our class givers have spent many years studying meditation under the guidance of Sri Chinmoy (pictured in photo), and are very happy to answer any questions you might have about meditation.

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What does the meditation course involve?

  • Two guided meditations per session.
  • Breathing and concentration techniques to still the mind.
  • Covering the ABC’s of home practice.
  • Creative visualisations, mantras, and the four pillars of yoga.
  • Music and meditation.

Current Class Schedules

Our current series of free meditation programs run throughout the year in our CBD venues and in multiple surburban locations around Auckland.

 October: Meditation Month

Option A: Choose any one of the following single-evening repeat intensives:  6.00–9.00pm:

  • Monday Oct 3 OR
  • Tuesday Oct 4 OR
  • Thursday Oct 6.

Option B: Four consecutive Mondays, 7:00–9:00pm: Oct 10, 17, 24, 31.

Option C: Three lunchtimes, 12.15–1.00pm: Oct 10, 11, 13.

Friday special topics:   6.00–7.15pm.  Just turn up to any of these evenings:

  • Oct 7: Reincarnation: The Soul’s Eternal Journey
  • Oct 14: Meditation Mantras – live music, guest presenters
  • Oct 21: Holistics – perfecting the mind/body/spirit interplay
  • Oct 28: Meditation and Creativity – fun with paints and music

November: Introductory Courses

Option D: Tues/Thursdays, 7:30–9:00pm: Nov 8, 10, 15, 17.
Option E: One evening workshop, 6:00–9:30pm: Thursday Nov 17.
Option F: Saturday workshop, 8:00–12:00pm: Nov 17.

December: Introductory Courses

Option G: Mondays, 6:00–7:30pm: Dec 5, 12, 19.
Option H: Tuesdays, 7:30–9:00pm: Dec 6, 13, 20.

Learn Meditation

Learn to Meditate is a popular and proven series of classes that teaches life skills essential to achieving a peaceful and happy inner life – and so a fulfilling outer life. Using music, meditation, mantras and other techniques drawn from numerous spiritual traditions, our classes introduce a programme to help you become a peace-filled human being.

Try to attend all of the meditation classes of your chosen option which form a structured course.
Kindly do not join any course after the second session.

Glenfield Community Centre, Bentley Ave
Monday Oct 10; 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Green Bay
Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive
Every Thursday for 4 weeks starting 13 Oct;    6.30-7.30pm

Unitec Waitakere Campus, Ratanui St, Building 510, Room 2035
Every Tuesday for 3 weeks starting 6 Sep; 7:00 – 8:00pm
Co-sponsored by the Unitec Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Team and the Sri Chinmoy Centre.

Weekend Workshop

Whatever your goals or dreams, meditation is a powerful lifeskill that will help you to achieve them – even 5 minutes of daily practice will have transforming results.

Our free weekend workshop covers the ABCs of meditation – breathing and concentration techniques to remove stress and calm the mind; the use of creative visualisations and mantric chants; meditation in the spiritual heart centre; how to set up your own personal meditation program – plus discussion topics and pointers on using your meditation skills to really make a positive difference in your daily life.

Highland Park
Highland Park Community House, 47 Aviemore Dr.
Saturday Sep 17; 2.00pm – 5.00pm

The Power of Meditation

Learn the art of meditation and unlock your inner creative energy to develop your unlimited potentiality, to become a more fulfilled and happy individual. Open to students, staff and the general public.

Venue: Room 303-B07, Department of Maths, 38 Princess St, City Campus

Wednesdays at 5.00 – 6.00 pm

Registration: required,so we can contact you as the venue can change at short notice.

Call/text Daniel on 021 831 382 to register or email


lets meditate unitecOur popular Learn to Meditation series of classes are designed to introduce you to simple and effective exercises to still the mind, including breathing techniques, creative visualisation, concentration and meditation techniques. Topics for discussion include using meditation for self-awareness, overcoming stress and other life problems, achieving inner potential and spiritual awakening.

Mt Albert Campus
Tuesdays Sep 13,20, 27, Oct 4; 6:30 – 7:30pm
Unitec Chapel, Building 159

To register your interest please call or text Uni coordinator Vera on 0211 215 783 or fill in a Contact Form

Waitakere Campus
Tuesdays Sep 6, 13,20; 7:00 – 8:00pm
Unitec Waitakere Campus, Room 510 – 2035

To register your interest please call or text Uni coordinator Durba on 0220 653 719 or fill in a Contact Form

green2-2Co-sponsored by the Unitec Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Team and the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Each series of classes is entirely free. To gain the maximum benefit it is recommended that you attend all the classes in the series. Kindly do not join after the second class.

If you have an interest in exploring some meditation techniques at home and getting started with your practice, the following helpful online course will guide you through the basic steps: Kaivalya guide meditation

Course Venues

Unless specified otherwise, all classes and workshops are held at the Sri Chinmoy Centre, 24 Cross Street, CBD ( behind the ANZ bank on the corner of Karangahape Rd / Queen Street – look for the signposted blue door on the corner of Cross Street).

How to registerregistration

All classes and workshops are completely free of charge. However, we do require registration. For further queries or to register for a class/workshop kindly phone  (09) 309 1136 or fill in a Contact Form.

We also organise free meditation concerts, and a range of other sporting and cultural events for everyone’s inspiration.

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Don’t miss a major musical event with visiting musicians from Europe, the US and England…

Date and Venue

Monday 7 November 2016; 7.30 pm

Dorothy Winstone Centre

Auckland Girls’ Grammar School

16 Howe St., Newton

Reserve your free seats: text 021 2168343, phone (09) 309 3437 or book online here.

Free Spirit Magazine

“Sri Chinmoy’s sublime spiritual mastery reveals through music the infinite vastness of the universe as an intimate sanctuary of the soul” 

Pulse! Magazine

“Discover the music of genius…”

Ravi Shankar

“Sri Chinmoy has a tremendous, a fantastic creative urge!”

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Meet the class givers

Our class instructors have all learnt the art of meditation personally from Sri Chinmoy.

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Jogyata Dallas

Jogyata has taught meditation for over 30 years and is the author of several books about the subject and his encounters and experiences with Sri Chinmoy. He lives in Auckland but teaches in many other countries. His workshops combine humor, personal anecdotes and guided meditations and reflect his sincere love of his subject.

Hridayinee Williams


Muslim Badami

muslim Muslim Badami has been a member of the Sri Chinmoy Centre since 2003. A keen marathoner and occasional actor he lives and works in Auckland after moving here from India. He teaches evening workshops in introductory meditation throughout the year.

Preetidutta Thorpe

Preetidutta works in the vegetarian café The Blue Bird in Auckland’s Mt Eden and was once an Olympic level contender in yachting. She visited New York on many occasions to study meditation with Sri Chinmoy.

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Serving the community in Auckland

As well as free meditation classes, the members of the Auckland Sri Chinmoy Centre strive to play their part in bringing about a more harmonious world by offering concerts, peace programmes and other cultural and athletic events.

An Hour Of Peace – at your workplace

man meditatingA free ‘Learn Meditation’ workshop at your workplace. Meditation – an effective and simple answer to workplace stress – is fast becoming a mainstream social skill. Auckland’s Sri Chinmoy Centre is sponsoring an initiative to introduce these skills and to offer free workplace introductory sessions to ten or more people as a free community service. Read more »


Monk Party Concert

You are invited to an evening of mantric and meditative music. Auckland duo Pragunya and Nelson Myers-Daly play the compposition of Maestro Sri Chinmoy. They draw upon musical influnces such as Indian, Middle Eastern and other world music.

Lopdell Theatre
418 Titirangi Rd
Monday 3 October 7pm

Aphorisms on Happiness

To mark the UN international day of happiness, we created these inspiring posters featuring aphorisms by Sri Chinmoy.

Please feel free to download these posters for use at work or home.

New Phone App for Daily Meditation Quotes

daily_meditations-300x270_crop_newWake up each day to a life-transforming, inspirational quote from this collection of hundreds of aphorisms by spiritual master Sri Chinmoy. Available on iPhone and Android. Read more >>

Meditation Essentials

It’s easy to become a little overwhelmed by the amount of information about meditation and this short section is to simply focus on some of the techniques for meditation and the practical use of meditation for a fulfilling life.

Nature Meditations

Nature’s wild places and solitude are great antidotes to the stresses we face in our modern life. We’re largely urban creatures now, surrounded by cars and concrete, disconnected from nature – getting out into landscape is hugely therapeutic. Its our original home, Mother Earth, and hiking up on a mountain or walking an empty beach puts our little life into a larger perspective, diminishes the importance of it all and reminds us of our frailty, the brevity of life. It’s soothing and healing and makes us sane. To be happy you have to have somewhere to go where you can be unburdened and peaceful, rejuvenate a tired life or low energy.

A Karma Yoga Exercise

A Karma Yoga Exercise   An exercise in conscious living….   Karma yoga is the spiritual path that embraces life and everyday living as a way to spiritual development and progress. Rather than the path of seclusion, karma yoga sees in the everyday challenges of life...

Exercise for Beginners

By Jogyata Dallas It’s hard trying to meditate every day. The chatter and constant movement of our mind, the momentum of habits and the addictive patterns of thought, make sitting still, breathing slowly, stepping back from it all and disentangling ourselves very...

On meditation

Explore deeper and greater truth about  the Universe and Life. Insights on how meditation can help our life journey more meaningful and fulfilling.

Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Indian sports date back to the Vedic era. Horse riding, wrestling, swordsmanship, archery and physical excellence were an integral part of the kshatriya caste’s training.  Skill in weaponry was one of the 13 branches of learning which every educated kshatriya male was...

Remembering Swami Vivekananda

In 1893, the city of Chicago was host to a rainbow gathering of representatives from the world’s great religions.  They had come together in a spirit of oneness for the World’s Parliament of Religions. It was not the first such attempt to to encompass the universal...

Thoughts on the New Year

From the spiritual point of view, each new year has a specific significance, ushering in new energy, new possibilities and often a fresh new consciousness unique to that incoming year. This incoming fresh energy does not always coincide with the calendar new year, but...

Life experience and insight

Profound insights as well as inspiring and amusing life-stories.

Old Ghost Road

The Old Ghost Road– named in memory of the 1880’s gold rush era  – is a newly opened mountain bike and hiking trail in the north west corner of the South Island. Several of our members spent four days recently hiking this great walk, enjoying two days meandering from...

Talking to the Universe

One spiritual memory that lingers from the long ago is a time of solitude I experienced in my mid-twenties. Four decades have passed since those solitary months when I was living in a very remote area of the North Island, a walk from a gravel road-end across a...

Waikaremoana in Winter. Why Not?

Eleven intrepid Auckland boys set out to go for a three-day trek around Lake Waikaremoana last July. They have literally the whole place to themselves – all 46km or so of scenic but mountainous rough track with mist-shrouded valleys…


Catch up on the latest activities of the Sri Chinmoy Centres in New Zealand as well as world wide.

Global Peace Run Visits NZ

History’s longest and largest participation relay for world peace swept through Auckland and the central North Island in recent weeks, with thousands of school children clamouring to touch and hold the ceremonial peace torch that luminaries such as Mikhail Gorbachev...

Encounters with Statues

Reprint with permission from IndiaNZ If you travel from Denpasar to Ubud on the lovely island of Bali, a cab ride through paddy fields and small villages cluttered with bikes and motorcycles, you will be amazed at the miles of roadside stalls offering wooden and stone...

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