Welcome to the Austin Zen Center

At AZC, all people of every race, religion, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability are welcome to practice with the community. Practicing inclusivity and welcoming diversity is a foundation of the Dharma, and a path to alleviating the suffering of everyone. May all beings realize their true nature.

As an expression of our commitment to offer a place of refuge and trust, firearms and other weapons are excluded from our grounds and buildings.

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We invite you to protect yourself and others by wearing a mask.

Since there are vulnerable individuals among us, and the virus can still cause serious illness or death, do not come to the temple if you have Covid or flu 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

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.

Hope Food Pantry

The Austin Zen Center partners with the Trinity United Methodist Church to collect non-perishable food to be distributed to those in need.

Prison Correspondence Program

Are you interested in responding to letters from prisoners who are learning about practice? Encouragement and friendliness are the only requirements, regardless of practice experience.

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.

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 Payments

Make a commitment to Zen practice by making a payment towards your membership or becoming a member of the AZC community.

We acknowledge that we practice on Indigenous land. We acknowledge and pay respects to the Carrizo & Comecrudo, Coahuiltecan, Caddo, Tonkawa, Comanche, Lipan Apache, Alabama-Coushatta, Kickapoo, Tigua Pueblo, and all the American Indian and Indigenous Peoples and communities who have been or have become a part of these lands and territories in Texas.