Join us online or in-person (limited spaces) for this yearly ceremony of honoring those who have died in the past year and letting go of our own harmful karma. As a fundraiser for AZC, please consider making a donation for this event.
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.
Stay Safe Austin
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Please everyone: Stay Safe, Be Considerate & WEAR A MASK!
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.
Join us for a day-long retreat to kick off the AZC Fall Practice Period on Taking Refuge. This retreat is offered both in-person (masked, outdoors) as well as online.
This class is a part of the Fall Practice Period on Taking Refuge.
Join us ONLINE for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.
AZC’s Waking Up Group is launching new study modules starting September 13th. Everyone respectfully interested (BIPOC, White-identified &/or Unidentified) is welcome!
Join us for a 6-week online Practice Period on what it means to take refuge.
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.
This is an ongoing study group on the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts for committed practitioners. We are currently meeting over zoom.
Practice and listen to the ancient Kan Ro Mon chant to prepare for our Sejiki ceremony.
Read the latest Branching Streams Newsletters here.
A message from AZC Board President Dave Pietruszynski & AZC Director Tim Kroll
AZC endorses ITRC’s Climate Change Mental Wellness & Resilience Policy, and you can too!
Yvonne Rand, a significant member of the first generation of Zen teachers in America (and a big part of our lineage and history) died this past August. Read her obituary here.
Have any news you’d like to share? Personal, work-related, milestones, accomplishments, family, activities… We want to hear from you!
Over the next few months AZC leadership will be reaching out to our members for an informal discussion and support.
AZC member Rich Graf has kept up his practice of arranging flowers for AZC altars: Read about it here.
Some simple practices for taking great care during a time of COVID19.
We now have new meditation cushions for sale for your at-home zendo needs!
Austin Zen Center now has a live chat server for Sangha members. Sign up here!
Join AZC’s Mutual Aid Project to connect deeply, be of benefit, and to support one another in our interdependence.
Recent Dharma Talk
How to Turn Towards
Uncertainty As Our Practice
October 3rd, 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:
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.