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.

Upcoming Events

Unmasking Zen: An Intro to Zen

4 Thursdays; Feb 6-27th @ 7 – 8:15pm

In this class series we will learn zen practice from the ground up, demystifying its workings, identifying its many applications, and discovering its place in our modern lives.

Heart of the Brush w/Kazuaki Tanahashi

May 10th @ 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

AZC Visioning – 2020 and beyond

A Proposal & Survey from the AZC Board

Members are invited to participate in collectively articulating AZC’s long term goals and vision.

Upcoming Events at a Glance

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

Recent Dharma Talk

What Happens at Sarusawa Pond

Rev. Koji Dreher
February 8th, 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.