Exploring who we are and why we are here
Theosophy Library
Amazing Selection of Books

Auckland Theosophical Centre Library has available to members a unique collection of sacred texts and significant works on philosophy, science, and the world’s religions. Prominence is given to the ancient traditions of the world, with sacred texts and commentaries arranged in the historical, cultural, and geographical context in which they evolved. In this way, the reader can follow the recurrent ideas that have helped people of all cultures find a deeper meaning in life.

Also included is a wealth of material on Western Philosophy, comparative religion and mythology, Theosophy, mysticism, alchemy, Masonry, Rosicrucianism, and traditional as well as leading-edge fields of science.

The primary objective of the Library is to provide the resources for research into the Wisdom Traditions and their relevancy for today with particular regard to the Three Objects of the Theosophical Society.

The public is welcome to browse and study, and members are available to discuss Theosophy and to assist in particular areas of interest and research. There is also a small Reference Library.

Where are we: 4 Warborough Ave, Epsom, Auckland

Hours:  Saturday: 10am – 12pm.

Phone: (09) 524 7994 answered personally within these hours.

The Library is also open before Wednesday night members’ meetings, Monday night study classes and public talks. Visitors and enquiries are welcome.;

A regular Newsletter is published and sent to members by post or email which highlights the activities at the Auckland Theosophical Centre and some of the work being undertaken by various members of the branch. Here is a copy of the latest newsletter;

HPB Newsletter Issue 2 - May 2022

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The First Members in New Zealand

The birth of Theosophy in New Zealand did not take place in Auckland although this city has always been the centre of the Theosophical Society in this country. Mr Augustine Les Edgar King was the first New Zealand member, having joined when on a visit to London. His Diploma is dated 3rd April 1879 and on his return to New Zealand he became the first member of the Society in the Southern Hemisphere.

Mr Thomas G de Remzy of Dunedin joined in January 1883 and at the end of that year Mr & Mrs James Cox became members in Auckland. Col. Olcott writing of Mr Cox says: “He had such a reputation as a psychometrist principally by way of distinguishing disease that he made a good living by practising the profession, constantly going between Auckland and Sydney to see his patients; Mr E.T. Sturdy whom Col. Olcott referred to as the “Father of Theosophy in New Zealand”, joined the Society in 1885 while living at Woodville in Hawkes Bay. After travelling overseas and meeting Col. Olcott, H.P. Blavatsky and W.Q. Judge he returned to New Zealand and settled in Wellington. Gathering a group of students around him he started the Wellington Lodge which was chartered in 1888. Unfortunately this, the first lodge in New Zealand, ceased to exist when Mr Sturdy returned to England, where he became a student in H.P.B.’s “inner group”.

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Membership of the HPB Branch of the Theosophical Society.

To become a member of the Theosophical Society you must be in sympathy with the Society's objects which are:

  1. To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.
  2. To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science.
  3. To investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in the human being.

Before applying to join we invite you to attend some of our meetings so that you may get to know us.  Most of our meetings are open to the public and we have monthly meeting for members also.

Individuals and families may apply for membership of the HPB Branch by filling out the application form and posting it to:

Membership Secretary
HPB Branch of the Theosophical Society
4 Warborough Ave
Epsom 1051

Please download the Application Form

Subscriptions Subscriptions are paid in advance and fall due in Septermber. Unwaged: $37.50 per year. Waged: $60.00 per year. Family: $80.00 per year (living at the same address)

Bank Account Details You can deposit subscriptions directly into our bank account.  Ensure you put your name in the statement details along with "subscription"
H P B Lodge of the NZ Theosophical Society (Inc)
Bank Account: 12 3011 0757379 00


Tim Boyd and Dr. Kavita Beri Interview

What is Theosophy? What are its' core principles? Is it a religion? Can you be a member of the Theosophical Society and still follow a religion, or be an atheist, or a scientist? International President of the Theosophical Society Tim Boyd answers these questions and more in a riveting interview with Dr. Kavita Beri, a renowned physician, scientist and professor.

Who We Are:

The Auckland Theosophical Centre

The Theosophical Society was established in Auckland in 1892 with the object of promoting the exploration of Theosophy in the community. Theosophy is a Greek word which translates to Divine Wisdom. The Theosophical Society today maintains that there has always been knowledge of this Wisdom Tradition, traces of which can be found in all the religions of the world, in the sacred texts left by the Ancients, in the myths and traditions of each country and the discoveries by modern science. As individuals and as an organisation we endeavour to explore these traditions so we may come to know Who we are, Where we are going and Why we are here.

We hold study programmes where we invite all who are interested to join us in our exploration of the Divine Wisdom and through that come to know our Self. We also offer programmes for members should you wish to join the Society. We endeavour to help the community through various types of services including through the Theosophical Order of Service in New Zealand

The Society imposes no dogmatic view on its members. We respect the right of each individual’s point of view on their own journey of understanding and ask that those who participate in our programmes do the same for others present.

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Public Events

Theosophical Centre
HPB Lodge, Auckland
4 Warborough Avenue, Epsom

Monday Evenings: Theosophical Discovery Series

Is has been decided that the Lodge will offer a limited programme** at this time under the following guidlines:

  • Open to everyone, whether vaccinaed or not
  • Maximum of 20 people at any one time
  • One metre distancing
  • Attendees must register, via email to or text messageonly to: 021 1755170
  • Masks must be worn
  • ** These meeting may be cancelled at short notice

    This programme will run for four weeks, commencing Monday 4 April, with a two-week break over Easter and ANZAC weekends, and finish on Monday 9 May.

    May 2022
    Date Time Subject
    Monday 02 7.30pm The Gnostics - who were they and what was their message?
    with John Vorstermans
    Monday 09 7.30pm Change Ourselves, Change the World
    with Richard Sell
    plus White Lotus Day celebration
    Monday 16 7.30pm The Why of the Theosophical Society
    short presentation and discussion
    Monday 23 7.30pm Theosophical History Explored
    with Renee Sell
    Monday 30 7.30pm Theosophical History Explored(2)
    with Renee Sell

    June 2022
    Date Time Subject
    4-5-6 June weekend break
    Please note the library will be shut over the long weekend
    Sunday 12 7.30pm National Section sponsored online series
    Professor Robert Temple
    A New Science of Heaven
    Monday 13 7.30pm The Original Program of the Theosophical Society & The
    Preliminary Memorandum of the Esoteric Section

    with Ganesh Kumar
    Sunday 19 7.30pm National Section sponsored online series
    Jacques Mahnich
    Science: A tool on our quest on the Path
    Monday 20 BREAK
    Saturday 25 10 am - 12 noon Saturday Morning Discussion Group
    The Journey to universal Compassion – what part do we play?
    Monday 27 BREAK
    Sunday 26 7.30pm National Section sponsored online series
    Dr. Eben Alexander
    A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness

    July 2022
    Date Time Subject
    Sunday 03 7.30pm National Section sponsored online series
    Dr. Eben Alexander
    Questions and Answers
    Monday 04 7.30pm Theosophy Discovery Series and Discussion
    Theosophical Influences
    with various
    Sunday 10 7.30pm National Section sponsored online series
    Murray Stentiford
    Beyond the five senses to the Heart of Matter
    and the far reaches of Time

    Monday 11 7.30pm Theosophy Discovery Series and Discussion
    Theosophical Influences (2)
    with various
    Sunday 17 7.30pm National Section sponsored online series
    Jude Currivan Ph.D.
    Latest unitive scientific breakthroughs and evidence of a conscious
    and evolutionary Universe

    Monday 18 Winter Break
    Saturday 23 10 am - 12 noon Saturday Morning Discussion Group
    The Pilgrim journey – seeking the inner perception
    Monday 25 Winter Break

    August 2022
    Date Time Subject
    Fri 5 - Mon 8 National sponsored event
    School of Theosophy with Barry Bowden
    Meditation Explored
    Must register event Details in magazine or online:
    Mondays Winter Break
    Saturday 20 10 am - 12 noon Saturday Morning Discussion Group
    The lessons from Covid – what are we learning?

    Members Events

    There is a monthly programme for members of the Theosophical Society, generally on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.

    We welcome members to these events allowing us to get to know each other along with being able to explore Theosophy at a deeper level together.

    A light supper follows these meetings. Bring along a plate to share with others.


    Occasionally we do hosts seminars or workshops allowing participants to explore more deeply, in a practical way, some of the processes we discuss in our meeting. For Theosophy to be useful in our lives, then it is necessary to make it a living experience every single day.

    Below are some planned events coming up.

    National Events

    April 2021
    Date Time Subject
    Friday 23 & Monday 26 National sponsored event
    2021 School of Theosophy
    The Spiritual Path to Daily Living ~
    Exploring the Mahatma Letters
    Must register event:

    Learn More & Register