Welcome to AZC!

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.

May All Beings Realize Their True Nature.

Upcoming Events

Austin Zen Center T-Shirt Order

Austin Zen Center T-Shirt Order

We are now taking orders for the new AZC T-Shirt! Available in Black or White/Off-White, ... Read More
Ongoing Programs on offer at AZC

Ongoing Programs on offer at AZC

Ongoing weekly and occasional Programs
AZC hosts a variety of ongoing and occasional programs to its members and beyond. From ... Read More
Join the AZC Environmental Impact Group - Volunteer with Endangered Whooping Cranes

Join the AZC Environmental Impact Group – Volunteer with Endangered Whooping Cranes

Saturday Sept 29th, 2018
Dear AZC Sangha members – Here is an opportunity to engage (get muddy) and help ... Read More


The Austin Zen Center will be CLOSED from **Saturday, August 18th through Sunday, August 26th** ... Read More

AZC News

** A Message from the AZC Board of Directors **

Dear friends, Please take a few minutes to read this important message about upcoming AZC events and organizational changes planned for the second half of this year. Firstly, the AZC ... Read More

Join the AZC Member Directory

All are welcome to join our fledgling Member Directory to help facilitate intra-sangha communication and collaboration. This is an opt-in situation, where you select what information to share in the ... Read More

Search for Part/Full-time Hospice Caregiver

Rev. Mako Voelkel recently returned from Baltimore with Pat, her 81 year-old Japanese mother who has just been admitted into Hospice care here in Austin. Mako and her mother wish to extend ... Read More

Support Mid-City Zen, our Sister Sangha in NOLA

Hello! I’m writing this request with an excited yet calm, nervous yet hopeful, urgent yet spacious heart!  I've launched a Patreon page to fund my work of teaching meditation in ... Read More

AZC’s Visiting Teacher Program

About our Visiting Teacher Program: Austin Zen Center's visiting teacher program allows for a greater breadth and depth of teaching and practice for the community. Visiting teachers can often have ... Read More

Dharma Talk Library

Most Recent Dharma Talk

"Our Boundless Lives"

by Pat Yingst
June 30th, 2018

Listen Now! Pat Yingst

Community Spotlight

Q: Why do you practice at AZC?

  • Ivey Lian

    Ivey Lian

    Member Since: 2012

    I am a member because AZC is my home.

  • David Adelman

    David Adelman

    Member Since: 2009

    I support AZC because of the open-heartedness + compassion of the community!

  • Jeanne Dake

    Jeanne Dake

    Member Since: 2014

    Love + Sangha ... Joy, Peace Today!

  • Charles Ball

    Charles Ball

    Member Since: 2008

    It's the people!

  • Mako Voelkel

    Mako Voelkel

    Member Since: 2014

    To support all beings without exception, to awaken to their true nature of boundless love and unsurpassed wisdom

  • Anne Handley

    Anne Handley

    Member Since: 2010

    To meditate with you here, now.

  • Jack Hohengarten

    Jack Hohengarten

    Member Since: 2008


  • Pat Yingst

    Pat Yingst

    Member Since: 2009

    I love this practice! I love these people!

  • Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson

    Member Since: 2010

    Being accepted.

  • Melanie Gulick

    Melanie Gulick

    Member Since: 2010

    I am a member to experiment and learn together as a community. To be more compassionate, loving, & kind. And to awaken!

  • Bruce Smith

    Bruce Smith

    Member Since: 2012

    Because in a sense, we are all refugees.

  • Lysa Allen

    Lysa Allen

    Member Since: 2016

    Feels like home.

  • Ernest Caple

    Ernest Caple

    Member Since: 2013

    Perfect smiles.

  • Catherine van Zanten

    Catherine van Zanten

    Member Since: 2010

    I have found my spiritual home.

  • Kim Mosley

    Kim Mosley

    Member Since: 2008

    Something inside me drives to AZC.

  • Barbara Noblin

    Barbara Noblin

    Member Since: 2013

    This sangha is home.

  • Jonathen Riley

    Jonathen Riley

    Member Since: 2016

    Enlightenment through work.

  • Kathy Goodwin

    Kathy Goodwin

    Member Since: 2014

    We all need the sangha!

  • Eric Locker

    Eric Locker

    Member Since: 2014

    Love + sangha.

  • Chris Azbill

    Chris Azbill

    Member Since: 2016

    Austin Zen Center is my home.

  • Richard Graf

    Richard Graf

    Member Since: 2014

    For world peace.

  • Tracy Cramer

    Tracy Cramer

    Member Since: 2017

    I'm here because I can't do this without you!

  • Jeremy Shoemaker

    Jeremy Shoemaker

    Member Since: 2013

    No matter where you go ... There you are!

  • Jōshin Shaevel

    Jōshin Shaevel

    Member Since: 2012