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


Sangha Soji & Breakfast

Sangha Soji & Breakfast

Wednesday May 2nd 7:30-9:00am
Sitting together, working together, and sharing a meal together are all wonderful ways to cultivate ... Read More
Foundations of Zen Class Series

Foundations of Zen Class Series

Tuesdays at 6:45-8:00pm, May 8-29
This Foundations of Zen/Introduction to Zen with Unzan Mako Voelkel is a 4-week class series held ... Read More
Spring Practice Period - Foundations of Zen

Spring Practice Period – Foundations of Zen

Wednesday, May 2 - Saturday June 2
Practice Periods (Jp. Ango, or “peaceful dwelling”) offer an excellent opportunity for beginners as well ... Read More
AZC Spring Fair & Buddha's Birthday Celebration - Ongoing Planning

AZC Spring Fair & Buddha’s Birthday Celebration – Ongoing Planning

Ongoing planning until May 19th
The annual AZC Spring Fair & celebration of Buddha's birthday has traditionally been a neighborhood-wide ... Read More
Genzo-e Sesshin on Shobogenzo Komyo (Radiant Light) with Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Genzo-e Sesshin on Shobogenzo Komyo (Radiant Light) with Rev. Kokyo Henkel

May 4th - 6th, 2018 from 6am - 8pm
Please note that there will be a brief orientation and oryoki review on Thursday eve ... Read More
Evening Beginner’s Meditation Instruction

Evening Beginner’s Meditation Instruction

April 12th at 6:45 PM - 8:15 PM
This month, for one night only, AZC is offering an Evening Beginners' Meditation Instruction. It ... Read More
Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday April 25th, 6:45pm - 7:15pm
Every month on the Wednesday evening closest to the full moon, the Austin Zen Center ... Read More
Dharma Discussion Group

Dharma Discussion Group

Thurday Evenings 7:00-8:15pm
This group evolved out of the Buddhist Book group and was meeting weekly to promote ... Read More

AZC News


AZC Welcomes Student Groups

AZC welcomes student groups to come learn about Zen, meditation, and Buddhist practices. Teachers interested in bringing a class in for a tour and brief meditation instruction may send an ... Read More

Become a Member of the Austin Zen Center!

The Austin Zen Center is a community of people exploring how to apply the Buddha’s teachings in their daily lives. As a member-supported organization, it exists due to the generous ... Read More

AZC Coming & Going

Rev. Mako Voelkel will be away from April 10th-19th to study with her teacher Ryushin Paul Haller, and for the Tassajara Sangha Work Practice Week from April 13-19. Tim Kroll ... Read More

Overview of AZC’s Annual Meeting & Community Brunch

This past Saturday March 3rd, AZC held its Annual Meeting and Community Brunch. With approximately 40 members present, we enjoyed a delicious homemade meal together outdoors. After thanking outgoing two-term ... Read More

Call for new AZC Tee-Shirt Design Submissions!

Don't you think it is high time that we had a new T-shirt for AZC members? Please send us your favorite design ideas - from soft and poetic to bold ... Read More

Sundays in the Garden – New Summer Hours starting in April

Note our new Summer Hours from 8:00 - 10:00am. All are welcome to join us in the opportunity to engage in (mostly) silent work-practice in the beautiful Austin Zen Center garden led ... Read More

Please bear with us…

...as we make some necessary changes to our website and event registration work-flows and software. In an effort towards better organization and member services, we are moving away from paper ... Read More

Call for Book Donations for our Spring Fair Book Sale

One of the many events we are planning for the Spring Fair on May 19th is a Book Sale. We are seeking donations of books you are ready to pass ... Read More

Zen Writing Group

7:00-8:30pm Tuesdays at the Austin Zen Center The Zen Writing group offers a weekly opportunity to get together with others to write and share our writing. Our meeting involves writing ... Read More

Dharma Talk Library

Most Recent Dharma Talk

"What To Do When We Don't Know What To Do"

by Rev. Tenku Ruff
February 17th, 2018

Listen Now! Rev. Tenku Ruff

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!