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. 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 All Beings Realize Their True Nature.

*** Please NOTE: AZC will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday (11/26) & Friday (11/27), returning for our Saturday Morning Program on 11/28. ***

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Stay Safe Austin

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Please everyone: Stay Safe, Be Considerate & WEAR A MASK!

While our temple building continues to be closed to the public during the CoVID-19 pandemic, we are maintaining our robust schedule of offerings in our Online Zendo. All are welcome to join us.

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Upcoming Events

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday, December 2nd @ 7:45-8:15 pm

Join us ONLINE for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.

AZC WAKING UP – Fall Modules

Join our Anti-Racism Study Modules this Fall

AZC’s Waking Up Group is launching new study modules starting November 8th. Everyone respectfully interested (BIPOC, White-identified &/or Unidentified) is welcome!

Formal Precept Study Group

Tuesdays @ 7:00-8:15pm

This is an ongoing study group on the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts for committed practitioners. We are currently meeting over zoom.

AZC News

Meditation Supplies For Sale

We now have new meditation cushions for sale for your at-home zendo needs! Meditation tents will be available soon.

AZC Mutual Aid Project

Giver, Receiver, & Gift:

Join AZC’s Mutual Aid Project to connect deeply, be of benefit, and to support one another in our interdependence.

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.

Take a Virtual Tour of AZC

Interested in stopping by for meditation but want to scope the place out first? See the Virtual Tours of AZC below.

Recent Dharma Talk

What Does it Mean to be a Buddhist?

Rev. Josho Pat Phelan
November 7th, 2020

Community Spotlight: Why do you practice at AZC?

We depend on your support to run and maintain the Austin Zen Center. Please consider giving back in these ways by clicking on the images below:

Support AZC

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.