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 summer update:

AZC remains open for in-person participation.* We are CLOSED Aug. 6-16 for Summer Interim.
See the schedule HERE. All are welcome to continue to join us in the Online Zendo for most activities.
Questions about our offerings, registrations for events, and  similar matters may be directed to our 

*Travis Co. COVID risk is currently at MEDIUM. We require everyone to wear a mask, preferably a 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

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday July 13th @ 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, July 21st @ 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? (Part 3)
Rev. Mako Voelkel
May 28th, 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.