Join us in our Online Zendo for a Dharma Talk by Sarah Dōjin Emerson, a part of our regular Saturday morning program.
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.
August 16th UPDATE:
Our regular schedule has returned to Online Practice ONLY while Travis County is at Stage 5 risk.
Please check back here for current information concerning our post-interim planned events. We will consider whether to hold certain special events on a case by case basis. We request that inquiries about signups, reopening, and similar matters be directed to the Temple Administrator or Head of Practice.
When Travis County returns to Stage 4 COVID-19 risk, we will return to these protocols for vaccinated individuals registered to participate in person:
Please do NOT enter the temple if exhibiting any COVID symptoms – fever, fatigue, congestion, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty breathing, loss of smell/taste
Masks are required in the temple at all times
Standing bows and soft chanting only during service
Frequent hand-washing/sanitizing required
We ask that anyone who enters the temple agrees to let us know ASAP if they test positive for COVID
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We look forward to reopening to the general public once Travis County reaches COVID risk of Stage One. In the meantime, we are maintaining our robust schedule of offerings in our Online Zendo.
All are welcome to join us online
Join us in our Online Zendo for a Dharma Talk by Head Teacher Doshin Mako Voelkel, a part of our regular Saturday morning program.
Join us online or in-person (limited spaces) for this yearly ceremony of honoring those who have died in the past year and letting go of our own harmful karma.
Join us for an 8-week Practice Period on the Lion’s Roar of Queen Śrīmālādevī.
Join us ONLINE (with a possible In-Person outdoor option) for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.
Rev. Choro Antonaccio, AZC’s Tanto (head of practice), will soon be entering a three-week period of ceremonies leading to Dharma Transmission…
A morning of informal practice with zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), and basic instruction, with no formal lecture or service – in our Online Zendo. This particular zazenkai is a celebration of Bodhidharma!
Join us for our online Beginner’s Meditation Instruction
Join us in chanting for the well-being of loved ones and those in need, following Wed evening zazen.
Join us for our regularly scheduled offerings of zazen, now online! Click on the Zoom links within to enter.
Getting together in-person for caring for our garden & grounds is one of the few ways we can practice together body to body!
Read the latest Branching Streams Newsletters here.
Read AZC Ino Bruce Smith’s parting words as he prepares for his next big adventure.
During our recent Genzo-e Sesshin we dreamed of a little, and then BIG river flowing in the zendo…
Kokyo Henkel will be leading a 3-day retreat on Contemplations to Kindle Devotion for Practice
Help share dharma by donating books to incarcerated teens – by Sept 3
People are asking: When will AZC reopen, and may I come sit once I get vaccinated? This is where you can register your proof of vaccination in preparation for re-opening.
As we approach the annual summer interim we have paused all in-person practice at our temple.
The Board of Directors of the Austin Zen Center has reorganized our center’s approach to membership.
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.
AZC now offers new meditation cushions for sale for your at-home zendo needs! Pop-up, bug-free Meditation Tents are also available.
Austin Zen Center now has a live chat server for Sangha members. Sign up here!
Recent Dharma Talk
Expounding a Dream Within a Dream
August 28th, 2021
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:
There are many ways to participate in the AZC community, from ceremonial roles to helping in the communal garden.
Pay for AZC programs by clicking on the image above when the registration form that is specific to the program is not available.
AZC is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Any amount you wish to donate will be deeply appreciated.
Make a commitment to Zen practice by making a payment towards your membership or becoming a member of the AZC community.