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 is available to people of every race, religion, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability.
May All Beings Realize Their True Nature.
Following the Saturday morning meditation and chanting service, we’ll be kicking off our Annual Meeting with a Community Brunch
Every month on the Wednesday evening closest to the full moon, the Austin Zen Center community takes part in the ancient Bodhisattva Full Moon Precept Ceremony.
This is a 1½ hour class for those who have attended the Beginner’s Instruction, and who are interested in taking the next step in their formal zen practice.
A morning of informal practice with zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), and basic instruction, with no formal lecture or service.
Dharma Discussion Group starts new book: Opening the Hand of Thought The Dharma Discussion Group meets upstairs in the AZC
A new Heart Sutra Study Group (in alignment with the SFZC online Practice Period on the same topic) has recently formed and plans
Winter Hours: 10:00am – 12:00pm. All are welcome to join us in the opportunity to engage in (mostly) silent work-practice in the beautiful
All are welcome to join our fledgling Member Directory to help facilitate intra-sangha communication and collaboration.
Interested in stopping by for meditation but want to scope the place out first? See the Virtual Tours of AZC below.
Oryoki (roughly meaning “just enough”) is a formal way of serving and eating meals in Zen monasteries. Literally a “vessel” (ki
Recent Dharma Talk
Rev. Mako Voelkel
February 9th, 2019
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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