Welcome to the Austin Zen Center

Austin Zen Center was founded to carry on the teaching of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in the Soto Zen tradition. Suzuki Roshi’s teaching is characterized by its patient and compassionate approach to practice. When the mind of zazen is lovingly extended to everyday life, our awareness of each moment increases and deep wisdom and compassion are born.

The practice of zazen is available to people of every race, religion, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. At AZC we seek to embody inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility throughout our teachings, practice, organizational culture, policies, and operations as a manifestation of our vow to awaken together with all beings.

May We And All Beings Realize Their True Nature.

Austin Zen Center is fully open to the public for in-person participation.

See the schedule HERE. All are welcome to continue to join us in the Online Zendo.

             Inquiries about signups, offerings and other similar matters may be directed to our 

Given the rise in COVID cases, and the risk we all carry to others even if asymptomatic, we are asking everyone entering the temple to wear a mask, preferably a good quality one (N95 or KN95). Disposable masks are also available at the temple.

Please do not come to the temple if you have symptoms, if you have been ill but not fully cleared the virus, or if you aren’t fully vaccinated. May all beings be well and safe!

Upcoming Events

One Day Zazenkai

Sunday, June 5th @ 8am – 5pm

A day of informal practice with zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), and basic instruction, with no formal lecture or service.

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday, June 15th @ 6:45 – 7:15 pm

Join us for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts (Online and in-person)

Next Step: Meditation & Beyond

Thursday, June 16 @ 6:45–8:15 pm

This is a 1½ hour class for those who have attended the Beginner’s Instruction, and who are interested in taking the next step in their formal zen practice.

AZC News

AZC Online Zendo Forms & Etiquette

All are welcome to join the AZC Sangha in our online zendo. Please observe the following guidelines to help create a warm and harmonious space.

Meditation Supplies For Sale

AZC now offers new meditation cushions for sale for your at-home zendo needs! Pop-up, bug-free Meditation Tents are also available.

Recent Dharma Talk

What is Zen Practice?
Rev. Mako Voelkel
April 16th, 2022

Community Spotlight: Do you have a home altar?

The Austin Zen Center depends on your generosity & support to help cultivate & maintain the temple and its heart of practice. Please consider giving back in these ways:

Volunteer at AZC

There are many ways to participate in the AZC community, from ceremonial roles to helping in the communal garden.

General Program Payment

Pay for AZC programs by clicking on the image above when the registration form that is specific to the program is not available.

Donate to AZC

AZC is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Any amount you wish to donate will be deeply appreciated.

AZC Membership

Make a commitment to Zen practice by making a payment towards your membership or becoming a member of the AZC community.