Join us in a belated Tree-Planting Ceremony to celebrate & Commemorate Head Teacher Rev. Mako’s Dharma Transmission.
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.
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 ONLINE for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.
Join us for a 6-week online Practice Period on what it means to take refuge.
Join us for this auspicious ceremony celebrating 4 of our sangha members receiving lay-ordination.
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.
Join Houston Zen Center’s Buddhist Action to Feed the Hungry! On October 11th, 2020
Have any news you’d like to share? Personal, work-related, milestones, accomplishments, family, activities… We want to hear from you!
Read the latest Branching Streams Newsletters here.
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.
AZC’s 100 year old building, grounds, & repairs is an ongoing project. Here’s where we are in our stewardship of the treasure that is our temple. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with watering our heat-fatigued plants!
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.
Join us and other sanghas in supporting hospitals and medical staff with PPEs during the Covid19 pandemic.
We are looking into ways to make giving and receiving to one another simple and straightforward in the weeks and months to come.
Recent Dharma Talk
What and Who Are Our Ancestors Now?
Rev. Choro Antonaccio
September 5th, 2020
Community Spotlight: Why do you practice at AZC?
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There are many ways to participate in the AZC community, from ceremonial roles to helping in the communal garden.
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AZC is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Any amount you wish to donate will be deeply appreciated.
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