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.


Happy In(ter)dependence Day!!!

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On this 4th of July we wholeheartedly extend our warmest well-wishes to the AZC sangha and our fellow Americans celebrating the deep desire for freedom from tyranny & subjugation for ALL BEINGS!

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Please everyone: Stay Safe, Be Considerate & WEAR A MASK!

PLEASE NOTE: AZC will be CLOSED in observance for the 4th of JULY. There will be no public programs on Saturday July 4th.

While our temple building continues to be closed to the public during the CoVID-19 pandemic, we are maintaining our robust schedule of offerings in our Online Zendo. All are welcome to join us. ***


Upcoming Events

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday, July 8th @ 6:45-7:15 pm

Join us ONLINE for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.

AZC News

Sangha News

Have any news you’d like to share? Personal, work-related, milestones, accomplishments, family, activities… We want to hear from you!

Flowers of Compassion

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

AZC Mutual Aid Project

Giver, Receiver, & Gift:

Join AZC’s Mutual Aid Project to connect deeply, be of benefit, and to support one another in our interdependence.

Our Zendo Away From Zendo

Send in a photo of your home altar and/or a few words about your home practice during the pandemic – to be featured in our next newsletter!

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.

Take a Virtual Tour of AZC

Interested in stopping by for meditation but want to scope the place out first? See the Virtual Tours of AZC below.

Recent Dharma Talk

How Our Practice Can Inform Our Search for Social Justice

Tim Kroll
June 13th, 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.