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: While the AZC temple building is currently closed to the public during the CoVid Pandemic, we are maintaining our robust schedule of zazen, Zen Writing and Dharma Discussion Groups, as well as our Saturday Morning Program with Dharma Talk in our Online Zendo. All are welcome to join us. ***

To our at-risk members: If you would like any assistance with running errands or finding resources, please send an email to our administrator, Julie Strahan. If you would like to join our volunteer team, send us an email HERE.

Read AZC Head Teacher Mako Voelkel’s recent (3/19) Message HERE


Upcoming Events

Sunday Zazenkai – Online

Sunday, Apr 5th @ 8am–12 pm

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

AZC News

Flowers of Compassion

AZC member Rich Graf has kept up his practice of arranging flowers for AZC altars: Read about it here.

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.

AZC Visioning – 2020 and beyond

A Proposal & Survey from the AZC Board

Members are invited to participate in collectively articulating AZC’s long term goals and vision.

Upcoming Events at a Glance

Check out some of AZC’s offerings over the next few months, including Visiting Teachers, Workshops, Ceremonies, and Retreats.

Recent Dharma Talk

The Lion's Roar

Pat Yingst
February 29th, 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.