Our Vision

Awakening Vajra will provide an ongoing program for the community for anyone wanting to open their hearts to love compassion and wisdom. There will be a number of  ongoing courses to help create awareness and to facilitate growth and change in a sustainable way.There will be ongoing classes in Meditation and Mindfulness Practice, Retreats, Art and Sculpture,  Wellness Retreats (combining mediation, yoga, alternative healing),  Astrology and Feng Shui, amongst others.

The Awakening Vajra (AV) Center for Healing is fulfilling the dreams of His Eminence Choden Rinpoche to teach and preserve the Five Branches of study from the Nalanda spiritual tradition. The Five Branches are:

- Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation
- Astrology and Feng Shui
- Linguistics
- Medicinal (Complimentary) Healing
- Art/Crafts and Sculpture

Although the aim is to have all the 5 branches of study running concurrently, this will take time to establish. Therefore, initially, the centers principal program at Kawai Purapura will focus on Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation, Mindfulness through Art  and Alternative Healing.

Some Topics to Include:

4 Noble Truths – Understanding suffering and its causes, and how to alleviate suffering and its causes.

Understanding Mind and Emotions – How would it feel to over-come anger? How would it feel to tame those desires? Overcoming attachment? Overcoming aversion and fear?

The 6 Perfections: Perfection of Generosity, Perfection of Morality, Perfection of Patience, Perfection of Energy – Zeal!, Perfection of Meditation.

The Study of Buddhist Tantra (Vajrayana): There will be courses running on this topic for more advanced students.

Currently we are facing many issues and challenges that are affecting us on both an individual and collective level. These challenges are affecting our physical, mental and emotional well-being.  Our current ways of living, especially in the west are assisting with disconnection on all levels. The AV NZ centers aim is to promote holistic healing for both the individual and the community.


Our History

The Awakening Vajra Center for Healing has been recently established at the beautiful retreat center of Kawai Purapura, in Albany North Shore Auckland. The foundations were laid in April 2014 when Ven Gyalten Senge, (also known as Zac), organised an International Retreat for his teacher, a great Tibetan Yogi, Scholar and Meditator His Eminence Choden Rinpoche.

On the back of the success of this retreat, and with an alignment of values and ethics it was decided to set up the New Zealand Center for “Awakening Vajra” An International Buddhist organisation, Founded By Eminence Choden Rinpoche and Geshe Gyalten, with now 7 centers globally, here at Kawai Purapura Auckland.

“Vajra” is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. Additionally it is a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force) and represents firmness of spirit and spiritual power.

Buddha Dharma - A Way Of Life

When Buddha Dharma is applied, a whole new way of living and being can facilitate change on a massive level, allowing us to feel more enriched and empowered. 

The Buddha taught “Do no harm, create virtue, and subdue the mind.”  The center will run a range of courses and workshops where this method of living and being can be applied to our everyday lives. When the universal principles of Love and Compassion are applied a whole new potential for living and being can open up before us.  Our experiences of separation and disconnection can change, making us feel more connected to ourselves and others.

The Centers aim to provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals of all ages and cultures can come together and feel part of one global family. Please see the course curriculum section for an overview of the courses we will be running for beginners, intermediate and advanced students



Ven Gyalten Senge (Zac) - AV NZ Director - Founder



Born in Brighton, England in 1973 Zac was first to exposed to Buddhism at 21 years of age and resonated deeply with the Dharma.  Zac has long been interested in eastern religion and philosophy and the correlation between science, philosophy and spirituality. His life path was transformed beyond words, when he met his Eminence Choden Rinpoche in 2007. In Rinpoche he found the teacher and guru that he had been looking for, the true embodiment of Love and Compassion and was overjoyed to have had the opportunity to take "novice" ordination with him before his transition in September 2015. It is a dream come true to be working alongside Geshe Gyalten, in helping to see Rinpoche's vision manifest. Zac aspires to create a network of centers that support personal development and growth thus creating connection all levels, both Individually and Collectively. His vision is to create a center for healing that encompasses the teaching of the Buddha, whilst embracing ways of living and being that support the growth of love, compassion and wisdom within the community. The vision encompasses a holistic approach to wellness combining Meditation, Study, Creativity and Complimentary Healing. He is particularly interested in bringing down the boundaries between different traditions and religions, opening dialogue, and raising the consciousness of the planet.