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.

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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.

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Upcoming Events

Branching Streams Virtual Gathering

Saturday, May 22nd @ 11am-2pm

Branching Streams, the organization of Suzuki Roshi lineage temples affiliated w/SFZC, will hold a virtual gathering. All sangha members are invited. Registration is required to receive the zoom link.

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday, May 26 @ 6:45 – 7:15 pm

Join us either IN-PERSON or ONLINE for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.

Sunday Zazenkai – Online

Sunday, June 6th @ 8am–12 pm

A morning of informal practice with zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), and basic instruction, with no formal lecture or service – in our Online Zendo.

AZC News

AZC Online Zendo Forms & Etiquette

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.

AZC Mutual Aid Project

Giver, Receiver, & Gift:

Join AZC’s Mutual Aid Project to connect deeply, be of benefit, and to support one another – now on Discord!.

Meditation Supplies For Sale

AZC now offers new meditation cushions for sale for your at-home zendo needs! Pop-up, bug-free Meditation Tents are also available.

Recent Dharma Talk

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Hozan Alan Senauke
April 17th, 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:

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.