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


49th Day Memorial Service for Masami Patricia Voelkel

49th Day Memorial Service for Masami Patricia Voelkel

Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:10pm
Requiesce in pace Patricia Elizabeth Voelkel (Masami Kanai) May 17th, 1937 - September 9th, 2018 ... Read More
Strings in the Park - A Free Central Market Concert with Guy Forsyth & Will Taylor

Strings in the Park – A Free Central Market Concert with Guy Forsyth & Will Taylor

Sunday October 21st from 2-5pm at Central Market
Dear Austin Zen Center friends, In alignment with AZC's Environmental Action Group initiatives, the AZC ... Read More
Dharma Talk with Visiting Teacher Rev. Sato Ryoki

Dharma Talk with Visiting Teacher Rev. Sato Ryoki

Saturday, November 3rd at 10:15am
Join us for a Dharma Talk with Visiting Teacher Rev. Sato Ryoki November 4th at ... Read More
Movie Night w/Rev. Sato Ryoki: "The Island of the Origin"

Movie Night w/Rev. Sato Ryoki: “The Island of the Origin”

Friday November 2nd at 7pm
Join  Rev. Sato Ryoki for a Movie Night (The Island of the Origin) at AZC! ... Read More
JASGA's 12th Annual Japanese Fall Festival

JASGA’s 12th Annual Japanese Fall Festival

Saturday October 27th from 12-4pm
JAPANESE CULTURE, PERFORMANCES, FOOD, FASHION & MORE - MODERN & TRADITIONAL  COME JOIN US AND ... Read More
One-Day Meditation Retreat – Sila, Samadhi, Prajna

One-Day Meditation Retreat – Sila, Samadhi, Prajna

Saturday October 20th from 6am-5pm (Oryoki review & Orientation on Fri eve)
One-Day Meditation Retreat – Sila, Samadhi, Prajna Fall can be a busy time all over - ... Read More
Zen Precepts Class Series with Rev. Mako Voelkel - 6 Tuesdays

Zen Precepts Class Series with Rev. Mako Voelkel – 6 Tuesdays

6 Tuesdays - Oct 23- Nov 27, 7-8:15pm
Fall Practice Period Class: Practicing with Bodhisattva Precepts in Daily Life with Rev. Unzan Mako ... Read More
Sage Advice: Meditation Through the Ages, A Class with Koji Acquaviva Dreher

Sage Advice: Meditation Through the Ages, A Class with Koji Acquaviva Dreher

5 Thursdays from Oct 18-Nov 15 at 7:00-8:15pm
Sage Advice: Meditation Instruction Through the Ages with Rev. Koji Acquaviva Dreher 5 Thursdays: October ... Read More
Sejiki Ceremony & Dinner - On Halloween

Sejiki Ceremony & Dinner – On Halloween

October 31st, 2018 7-9 pm
Sejiki is a traditional Japanese Zen Buddhist ceremony honoring our ancestors, and is one of ... Read More
AZC Fall Practice Period | On the 3-fold Training of Sila, Samadhi, Prajna

AZC Fall Practice Period | On the 3-fold Training of Sila, Samadhi, Prajna

Wed. Oct. 17th - Sat. Dec. 8th 2018
Join the AZC Fall Practice Period 2018 - On the 3-fold Training: Sila, Samadhi, Prajna ... Read More

AZC News


Oryoki Instruction

Oryoki (roughly meaning "just enough") is a formal way of serving and eating meals in Zen monasteries. Literally a "vessel" (ki 器) that contains an "appropriate amount" (ōryō 應量) of food ... Read More

Seeking WordPress Help for AZC’s Website

We are looking for tech-savvy folks who may be willing to help us with our WordPress-based Website. Please contact Mako if interested ... Read More

Join the AZC Member Directory

All are welcome to join our fledgling Member Directory to help facilitate intra-sangha communication and collaboration. This is an opt-in situation, where you select what information to share in the ... Read More

Austin Zen Center T-Shirt: Order Here!

We are now taking orders for the recent AZC T-Shirt! Available in Black or White/Off-White, in Unisex (Crew) or Women's cut (V-neck), and in sizes ranging from XS -XL. Front ... Read More

Introducing the AZC Elder’s Advisory Council

In March of 2018 the AZC Board amended the by-laws to include the formation of an Elder's Advisory Council to help serve the needs of our temple and community. This ... Read More

Dharma Talk Library

Most Recent Dharma Talk

"On Aging"

by Rev. Shotai De la Rosa
August 11th, 2018

Listen Now! Shotai De la Rosa

Community Spotlight

Q: Why do you practice at AZC?

  • Ivey Lian

    Ivey Lian

    Member Since: 2012

    I am a member because AZC is my home.

  • David Adelman

    David Adelman

    Member Since: 2009

    I support AZC because of the open-heartedness + compassion of the community!

  • Jeanne Dake

    Jeanne Dake

    Member Since: 2014

    Love + Sangha ... Joy, Peace Today!

  • Charles Ball

    Charles Ball

    Member Since: 2008

    It's the people!

  • Mako Voelkel

    Mako Voelkel

    Member Since: 2014

    To support all beings without exception, to awaken to their true nature of boundless love and unsurpassed wisdom

  • Anne Handley

    Anne Handley

    Member Since: 2010

    To meditate with you here, now.

  • Jack Hohengarten

    Jack Hohengarten

    Member Since: 2008

    Dharma!

  • Pat Yingst

    Pat Yingst

    Member Since: 2009

    I love this practice! I love these people!

  • Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson

    Member Since: 2010

    Being accepted.

  • Melanie Gulick

    Melanie Gulick

    Member Since: 2010

    I am a member to experiment and learn together as a community. To be more compassionate, loving, & kind. And to awaken!

  • Bruce Smith

    Bruce Smith

    Member Since: 2012

    Because in a sense, we are all refugees.

  • Lysa Allen

    Lysa Allen

    Member Since: 2016

    Feels like home.

  • Ernest Caple

    Ernest Caple

    Member Since: 2013

    Perfect smiles.

  • Catherine van Zanten

    Catherine van Zanten

    Member Since: 2010

    I have found my spiritual home.

  • Kim Mosley

    Kim Mosley

    Member Since: 2008

    Something inside me drives to AZC.

  • Barbara Noblin

    Barbara Noblin

    Member Since: 2013

    This sangha is home.

  • Jonathen Riley

    Jonathen Riley

    Member Since: 2016

    Enlightenment through work.

  • Kathy Goodwin

    Kathy Goodwin

    Member Since: 2014

    We all need the sangha!

  • Eric Locker

    Eric Locker

    Member Since: 2014

    Love + sangha.

  • Chris Azbill

    Chris Azbill

    Member Since: 2016

    Austin Zen Center is my home.

  • Richard Graf

    Richard Graf

    Member Since: 2014

    For world peace.

  • Tracy Cramer

    Tracy Cramer

    Member Since: 2017

    I'm here because I can't do this without you!

  • Jeremy Shoemaker

    Jeremy Shoemaker

    Member Since: 2013

    No matter where you go ... There you are!

  • Jōshin Shaevel

    Jōshin Shaevel

    Member Since: 2012

    Awakening!