About our meditation classes
In our fast-paced modern lives, meditation is now recognized as a powerful life skill, bringing a renewed sense of clarity, purpose, simplicity and calm. Meditation reconnects us with our inner strength, unburdens the mind, and takes us to an inner space of stillness. More on the benefits of meditation »
Our class givers have spent many years studying meditation under the guidance of Sri Chinmoy (pictured), and are very happy to answer any questions you might have about meditation.
What does a typical 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
Welcome to our 2018 ‘Learn Meditation’ free course options. Our current series of free meditation programs run throughout the year in our CBD venues and in multiple surburban locations around Auckland. Look through the upcoming introductory courses below and choose a suitable time to attend. To register, simply leave your details on our contact page, or a message on our class answer phone: (09)3091136.
We look forward very much to meeting you and sharing our love of meditation with you!
To learn more about the 10 Compelling Reasons to meditate…<click here>.
CBD Classes and Workshops
Course D: Saturday Half-Day w/shop: 8:00am–12:00 noon. June 16
Option E: Four consecutive Mondays: 6:00 – 8:00pm. July 2, 9, 16, 23.
Option F: One evening intensive, Tuesday: 6:00 – 9:00pm. July 10.
Option G: Half-day workshop, Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00noon. July 21.
Course H: One Evening Intensive, Monday: 6:00 – 9:00pm. August 6
Suburban Classes and Workshops
Albany Community Hub, 575 Albany Hwy
Weekend workshop Saturday June 30; 2.00-5.00pm
Browns Bay, Bays Community Centre, 2 Glen Road
Monday June 25; 7.30-9.30pm
Green Bay Community House,1 Barron Drive
Option A: Introductory class Monday Jun 25; 7.00-8.30pm
Option B: Every Thurs for 4 weeks starting from Jul 5; 6.30-7.30pm
Option C: Every Thurs for 4 weeks starting from Oct 4; 6.30-7.30pm
Highland Park Community House, 47 Aviemore Dr.
Option A: Weekend Workshop Saturday Jul 21; 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Option B: Weekend Workshop Saturday Aug 4; 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Option C: Weekend Workshop Saturday Nov 3; 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Kelston Community Centre, 135 Awaroa Rd, Sunnyvale
Tuesday June 19; 6.30-7.30pm
Mangere, Whare Koa Mangere Community House, 141 Robertson Rd
Tuesday July 10; 7.30-8.30pm[/box]
Onehunga, Golden Grove School, 57 Grey St
Thursday July 5; 7.00–8:30pm
Orakei Community Centre, 156 Kepa Rd
Monday June 18; 7.00pm – 8:00pm
Papakura, Elizabeth Campbell Hall, 294 Great South Rd
Saturday June 30; 2.00-3.30pm
Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre, 595 Te Atatu Rd
Tuesday Jun 26; 6.30-7.30pm
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 register
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.
The latest news and updates
Ten compelling reasons why YOU should LEARN MEDITATION
10 compelling reasons why you should meditate … (1) Because you are greater than you know. (2) Because you can be happier than you are today…
Meet the class givers
Our class instructors have all learnt the art of meditation personally from Sri Chinmoy.
Interview with Ursula Maag
Ursula talked about meditation and daily life.
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.
Muslim 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.
Hridayinee has been practicing meditation in the Sri Chinmoy Centre for 20 years and teaching Beginner Meditation Classes for 15 years in Australia and New Zealand. She is a qualified children’s educator and loves working with children which helps keep her in the heart and happy.
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.
10 compelling reasons why you should meditate … (1) Because you are greater than you know. (2) Because you can be happier than you are today…read more
By Toshala Elliott Meditation changes perspectives. That, at least, is one of the results I have derived from more than a couple of decades of close personal observation of my own meditation experiences. Not necessarily from the meditations themselves but from the...read more
If you’re a nature lover, Auckland has some of the best outdoor places of any city in which to practise and enjoy your meditation.read more
Music and Meditation
Explore how meditation can be used to elevates our consciousness.
The following article by Jogyata Dallas is reprinted with the kind permission of the IndiaNZ Outlook newspaper. For those with an interest in peaceful music and meditation, an upcoming free event in Three Kings will soon offer a very special opportunity. Auckland’s...read more
Recently I have been listening to the Indian singer Kaushiki Chakrabarty performing her beautiful and haunting devotional bhajans while accompanied by tabla, sarangi, harmonium and sarod. The songs were a recording from a live concert in the Netherlands, but across...read more
More in the article in Indian NZ Outlook Dec 2016 Page 10: http://www.indianzoutlook.co.nz/archives.php Auckland welcomed a unique group of musicians from seven different countries for their first ever concert tour in New Zealand this month, an event called ‘Songs of...read more
Sport and Meditation
Meditation can enhance our physical performance, but also makes our satisfaction from sport deep and lasting. Explore the inner aspect of sport —a dimension that everyone can add to his or her current physical and mental training.
Movement and meditation belong together. Experience from the five runners who braved the Waitomo Caves Trail Run …read more
Fitness has been a theme in the Sri Chinmoy Centre over the past month or two, with a number of us having a shot at some great trail runs – the Tarawera trail race near Rotorua with distances up to 50km, the recent Riverhead Rampage multi-distance run out in Woodhill...read more
“Meetings with Remarkable People” national series of free talks, in which outstanding men and women share their experiences and encourage others to tackle their own life’s dreams and challenges.read more
Life experience and insight
Profound insights as well as inspiring and amusing life-stories.
Several of our marathon team members enjoyed a snowy expedition in the South Island’s Mt Arthur tablelands recently. Our hopes of hiking across the alpine tops to summit Mt Arthur were dashed by high winds, deep snow that had us up to our armpits in places, and mist....read more
By Jogyata Dallas I have always felt fortunate to be a member of "Oneness-Dream”, an acapella male choir featuring students of Sri Chinmoy performing selections of his songs based on various spiritual themes and messages. We have toured to many parts of the world,...read more
I have always felt a deep gratitude for my enduring love of running and those long ago first encounters with that great inspirer of running, Sri Chinmoy. One of the simple truths about our lives is that most of us might never have laced up our sports shoes and become...read more
Body and mind are interconnected. Proper diet maintain the body-temple in mint health and enable deeper and subtler meditation experience.
We all have our favorite haunts to meet friends or dine out - mine are scattered about in numerous places, magnets that draw me back time and again. My current number one is The Hungry Elephant vegan/vegetarian cafe in Matakana, a leisurely one hour’s drive up north...read more
IndiaNZ Outlook contributing writer Jogyata Dallas interviews Auckland nurse and vegan Cheryll Martin about vegan principles and the growing global interest in animal rights/ethical living.read more
Read how a vegan or vegetarian diet develop a deepening understanding of our oneness with all living things and the impact of our diet in the refinement of our consciousness …read more
As well as meditation, our members run several enterprises that bring the principles of meditation into daily life, and are continually organising projects to serve the public, and to help each human being find the best within themselves.
Humanity's great teachers, the spiritual masters, sages and yogis that have been with us over the long centuries, tell us how remarkable and splendid the human soul is, its capacity for love and compassion, the hope it carries for a brighter future and a peaceful...read more
Rather than the path of seclusion, karma yoga sees in the everyday challenges of life countless opportunities to learn, deepen and multiply our many good qualities.read more
Several of our Kiwi team joined the Peace Run in Iceland, Australia and Europe. Here’s a shot of our team in Iceland, way up north in those spectacular landscapes of glaciers, volcanic mountains and fast running ice-fed rivers. Find out more…read more
Spiritual viewpoints to ponder upon life, the world and the Universe.
There is a story from India of a farmer who longed to have a great mango tree – he goes to the market and buys a small plant, then for years he tends his tree, nourishing it, watering its roots, tending it with all his love. Slowly the tree grows and flourishes, and...read more
The following article by Jogyata Dallas is reprinted with the kind permission of the IndiaNZ Outlook newspaper. Many people believe that human consciousness is on the verge of a pivotal change – from the dominance of the mind to a growing recognition of the importance...read more
What does a prayer offered by airline crew before take off got to do with Einstein ?read more
Members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre share their perspective on meditation in daily life plus selected interviews with Sri Chinmoy on various aspects of meditation and spirituality.