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 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 may 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:  Thursday and Fridays: Noon to 2pm; Saturday: 10am – 12pm.

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

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;

Newsletter Issue 4 2019

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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 the way of distinguishing disease that he made a good living by practicing 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 members of the Theosophical Society you must be in sympathy with the Societies 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 positing it to:

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

Please download the Application Form

Subscriptions Subscriptions are paid in advance and fall due in each 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


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 programs 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 hold 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 that 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

September 2019
Date Time Subject
Tuesday 24 6.00pm Yoga and Meditation
Monday 30 7.30pm Exploring Theosophia (7) The Nature of Our Thinking Principle

October 2019
Date Time Subject
Tuesday 1 6.00pm Yoga and Meditation
Monday 7 7.30pm National Guest Speakers Carol Collier & Barbara Zanarb
speaking on
Theosophy – Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent and Who am I in the Light of Theosophy
Tuesday 8 6.00pm Yoga and Meditation
Wednesday 9 to
Tuesday 15
National Event - Spring School of Theosophy 2019
Living Theosophy in the 21st Century

Director of Studies: Jacques Mahnich
Prior registration required:
Monday 14 7.30pm Break
Tuesday15 6.00pm Yoga and Meditation
Saturday 19 10am-Noon Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Karma and Our Reactions To it
Monday 21 7.30pm Break
Tuesday 22 6.00pm Yoga and Meditation
Monday 28 7.30pm Break (public Holiday)
Tuesday 29 6.00pm Yoga and Meditation

November 2019
Date Time Subject
Monday 4 7.30pm International Guest Speaker Jacques Mahnich
speaking on
Patience – a Buddhis Paramita so needed
Tuesday 5 6.00pm Yoga and Meditation
Monday 11 7.30pm TheoSophia Studies & Discussion
The spiritual law of Cause and Effect Karma (1)
Tuesday 12 6.00pm Yoga and Meditation
Monday 18 7.30pm Foundation Day
Commemoration of the TS Founding
Tuesday19 6.00pm Yoga and Meditation
Saturday 23 10am-Noon Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Do the Ends Justify the Means?
Monday 25 7.30pm TheoSophia Studies & Discussion
Have we lived before (1)
Tuesday 26 6.00pm Yoga and Meditation

December 2019
Date Time Subject
Monday 4 7.30pm TheoSophia Studies & Discussion
Have we lived before (2)
Tuesday 5 6.00pm Yoga and Meditation
Saturday 7 December 7.00pm Christmas Celebration Evening
Come and enjoy Beautiful Music and Poetry
Followed by a shared Supper afterward
(Bring a plate to share)

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.

Members Meeting 2019
Date Time Subject
Wednesday 25 September 7.30pm Members Discussion Evening
Living in the Present
Wednesday 23 October 7.30pm Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Wednesday 27 November 7.30pm Governance Board Update
Saturday 7 December 7.00pm Christmas Celebration Evening
Come and enjoy Beautiful Music and Poetry
Followed by a shared Supper afterward
(Bring a plate to share)


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

Theme: Living Theosophy in the 21st Century​

9 to 15 October 2019

Generic Description​

We are living at a time where the evolution of our human civilizations is accelerating. Values, ethics & community's life models are changing rapidly. Science and Technologies are reshaping the landscape of our human development. Ancient Wisdom teachings are more than ever a robust  guide on an ever-moving path. Their application to day-to-day life requires an adaptation to the new challenges.​

This Summer School proposes an assessment of the current world situation, a diagnostic of the root causes of human behavior, and a review of the main principles/practices of the Ancient Wisdom. It is centered around human modes of being, and their modes of application/adaptation for a transformation of these modes of being to better accompany the human evolution trajectory.​

Detailed Description​

  • Introduction
  • World Vision
  • Causal analysis/ Root causes of suffering
  • Science evolution / Technological revolutions
  • Building Bridges Between Science & Traditions
  • Transformation/Adaptation - The 4 Yogas
  • Practices from the Traditions of the World
  • Difficulties/Pitfalls & Remedies/Aids
  • Conclusion


Jacques Mahnich spent his professional carrier in Aeronautical Engineering Industry, specialized in Aircraft Powerplants Systems. He is a regular member of the French Theosophical Society, Adyar, since 1978, and of TOS-France. He is the founder of a Theosophical Study Group in the South of France, and he supports regular theosophical training courses and conferences. Involved in theosophical activities at the international level, he is a member of ITC (International Theosophical Conferences Inc.), a worldwide lecturer, the co-founder of a web blog dedicated to the search for the origin of the Stanzas of Dzyan, and the co-founder of a web-based Project which publish a quarterly review of Researches Relevant to Theosophy.


Auckland Theosophical Centre, 4 Warborough Avenue, Epsom, Auckland

  Enquires to:  or (09) 523-1797​
  For Costs:

Members Registration only $140 (registration is non-refundable).  This includes registration, lunch served daily (Wed-Thu- Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue) and morning and afternoon teas during the event.​

Non-members Registration only $190 (registration is non-refundable).  This includes registration, lunch served daily (Wed-Thu- Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue) and morning and afternoon teas during the event.​

Members Registration plus Accommodation - $280.00  (registration is non-refundable).  At Vasanta House, 10 Warborough Ave, Epsom, Auckland.  This includes Shared accommodation is available for an additional $140 and this includes accommodation and self- serve breakfast daily in the upstairs kitchen.

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