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

Heart of the Brush w/Kazuaki Tanahashi

May 9th @ 9:30am – 4:30pm

Explore how presence with the movement of the brush works in our heart, mind, and environs in this Brush-Mind Workshop with Kaz Tanahashi.


8-Session Study Series on Uprooting Racism & White Privilege

WAIC UP! (White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege) is a study program developed at Spirit Rock.

Buddha’s Parinirvana Retreat

Friday, Feb 14 @ 5:45 pm – Saturday, Feb 15 @ 4 pm

This ceremonial weekend retreat includes sitting and walking meditation, reading of the Buddha’s Parinirvana story, and a special 2-part ceremony commemorating Buddha’s passing into parinirvana.

AZC News

Upcoming Events at a Glance

Check out some of AZC’s offerings over the next few months, including Visiting Teachers, Workshops, Ceremonies, and Retreats.

AZC Ombudsperson Positions Filled

AZC has appointed 2 Ombudsfolk to act as an impartial and independent resources in cases of potential maladministration: Charles Ball & Shuken Robert McCarthy

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.

Learn About Oryoki

Oryoki (roughly meaning “just enough”) is a formal way of serving and eating meals in Zen monasteries. Literally a “vessel” (ki

Recent Dharma Talk

Don't Outsource Your Decision Making

Rev. Koji Dreher
January 4th, 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.