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
Zazenkai with Tim Kroll

Zazenkai with Tim Kroll

Sunday September 23rd, 8am-noon
Join us for a morning of silent informal practice with zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking ... Read More
Next Step: Meditation & Beyond Class

Next Step: Meditation & Beyond Class

Thursday, September 20th at 6:45-8:15pm
Next Step: Meditation & Beyond is a 1½ hour class for those who have attended ... Read More
Dharma Talk - The Living Koan of Zen Precepts, with Unzan Mako Voelkel

Dharma Talk – The Living Koan of Zen Precepts, with Unzan Mako Voelkel

Saturday September 22nd at 10:15am
Dharma Talk - The Living Koan of Zen Precepts with Rev. Unzan Mako Voelkel Saturday, ... Read More
Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday September 26th, 6:45pm - 7:15pm
Every month on the Wednesday evening closest to the full moon, the Austin Zen Center ... Read More
AZC Fall Practice Period | Save the Dates!

AZC Fall Practice Period | Save the Dates!

Wed. Oct. 17th - Sat. Dec. 8th 2018
Save the Dates! - Fall Practice Period 2018 Practice Period Events:
BuddhaFlix Night - "I Heart HUCKABEES"

BuddhaFlix Night – “I Heart HUCKABEES”

Friday, September 28th from 7-9pm
AZC PRESENTS:  I ❤ HUCKABEES for Buddha Flix Night (2004 COMEDY, dir. David O. Russell) 1 hour ... Read More

AZC News


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

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

Rest in Peace – Patricia Elizabeth Voelkel

Requiesce in pace Patricia Elizabeth Voelkel (Masami Kanai) May 17th, 1937 - September 9th, 2018 Deep Bows of Gratitude to the AZC Sangha for holding a lovely and heartfelt memorial ... 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

"On Aging"

by Rev. Shotai De la Rosa
August 11th, 2018

Listen Now! Shotai De la Rosa

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

    Dharma!

  • 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

    Awakening!