Austin Zen Center CLOSED for Memorial Day |
Monday, May 25th
Please note the Austin Zen Center will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The center will reopen the following day, Tues. May 26th. for all regularly scheduled programs.
Kokyo Henkel Workshop
Introduction to the Middle Way: The Emptiness Teachings of Nagarjuna
Cost: $75 for members; $90 for nonmembers
Sunday, June 14th, 2015
From 9am to 4 pm with a break for lunch
Nagarjuna (150-250 CE) is considered the founder of the Madhyamaka (Middle Way) school of Mahayana Buddhism and helped to form the basis for the later Zen tradition. While often considered a “philosophy,” Madhyamaka is more of a critique of all philosophies and dispels the exaggerated belief in the objectivity of appearing phenomena, which cannot be ultimately disentangled from the perceptual and cognitive apparati by which they are disclosed. In this workshop we will examine (through zazen, discussion, and logical reasoning) how any conceptual ideas we have about how things are don't hold up, and in this silent groundlessness, free from all reference points, liberation from suffering is realized.
AZC Zen Writing
Every Tuesday 7 – 8:30 pm.
Free (suggested 5.00 donation gratefully accepted). Our meeting involves a short meditation, thirty minutes of writing in response to a prompt, and sharing writing (for those who want to share). For a little over an hour each Tuesday evening, members of this group focus on the process of connecting with their present experience and putting pen to paper to see what unfolds. Rather than being another thing to “get right,” writing becomes a dynamic practice and an expression of our alive experience in the moment. Read more...
Prison BuddhaPals program
This program is in need of volunteers who would write about the Dharma to incarcerated individuals. To learn about this program, check the Outreach section of the AZC website. We have a long wait list of prisoners who are interested in the Buddhadharma.
AZC Book Group
Every Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm. | led by Dharma Teacher Glenn Noblin
Free (suggested 5.00 donation gratefully accepted) All are invited to the Wednesday Night Book Group. We are reading The Authentic Life, Zen Wisdom for Living Free from Complacency and Fear, by Ezra Bayda. We meet in the classroom (upstairs and to the right) from 7:00–8:15 pm. This week we will be reading Chapter 9, "The Misguided Quest". We meditate for fifteen minutes, then read a selection and discuss it, and conclude with another fifteen minute meditation. Read more...