Join us for visiting teacher Kokyo Henkel’s Dharma Talk, a part of our regular Saturday morning program (online).
Welcome to the Austin Zen Center
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 We And All Beings Realize Their True Nature.
We have reopened the zendo for our morning, noon and evening program.
Current AZC protocols for registered vaccinated individuals to participate in person:
Please do NOT enter the temple if exhibiting any COVID symptoms – fever, fatigue, congestion, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty breathing, loss of smell/taste
Masks will be required in the temple for most events
Soft chanting during services
We ask that anyone who enters the temple agrees to let us know ASAP if they test positive for COVID
We look forward to reopening more fully to the general public once Travis County reaches COVID risk of Stage One. We request that inquiries about signups, reopening, and similar matters be directed to the Temple Administrator.
In the meantime, we are maintaining our robust schedule of offerings in our Online Zendo.
Join us for a weekend retreat led by Kokyo Henkel. In-person participation in this retreat requires proof of vaccination.
Join a Women’s Circle with Shoho Kuebast, Mako Voelkel and others this fall (outdoors in AZC side yard)
Join us for a 6-week class on Buddha nature within the Srimala Sutra
Join us in-person (outdoors) for this yearly ceremony of honoring those who have died in the past year and letting go of our own harmful karma.
Join us for an 8-week Practice Period on the Lion’s Roar of Queen Śrīmālādevī.
Join us In-Person or Online for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.
Join us for our online Beginner’s Meditation Instruction
Join us in chanting for the well-being of loved ones and those in need, following Wed evening zazen.
Join us for our regularly scheduled offerings of zazen, now online! Click on the Zoom links within to enter.
Getting together in-person for caring for our garden & grounds is one of the few ways we can practice together body to body!
People are asking: When will AZC reopen, and may I come sit once I get vaccinated? This is where you can register your proof of vaccination in preparation for re-opening.
Have any news you’d like to share? Personal, work-related, milestones, accomplishments, family, activities… We want to hear from you!
Read the latest Branching Streams Newsletters here.
Read AZC Ino Bruce Smith’s parting words as he prepares for his next big adventure.
During our recent Genzo-e Sesshin we dreamed of a little, and then BIG river flowing in the zendo…
The Board of Directors of the Austin Zen Center has reorganized our center’s approach to membership.
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.
Practice and listen to the ancient Kan Ro Mon chant to prepare for our Sejiki ceremony.
AZC now offers new meditation cushions for sale for your at-home zendo needs! Pop-up, bug-free Meditation Tents are also available.
Austin Zen Center now has a live chat server for Sangha members. Sign up here!
Recent Dharma Talk
On Sitting Zazen
October 16th, 2021
Community Spotlight: Do you have a home altar?
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:
There are many ways to participate in the AZC community, from ceremonial roles to helping in the communal garden.
Pay for AZC programs by clicking on the image above when the registration form that is specific to the program is not available.
AZC is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Any amount you wish to donate will be deeply appreciated.
Make a commitment to Zen practice by making a payment towards your membership or becoming a member of the AZC community.