Join us for visiting teacher Abbot Gaelyn Godwin’s Dharma Talk, a part of our regular Saturday morning program (online).
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.
Austin has reached COVID risk Stage Four, which means masks are required in the Austin Zen Center building. We will also modify our forms to standing bows only and soft chanting to minimize risk of transmission.
While we’ve begun our first phase of reopening for in-person sitting (for those confirmed as fully vaccinated), we are carefully monitoring the recent increase in COVID cases and will adhere to APH’s guidelines. AZC continues to be closed to the general public. We look forward to being able to reopen more fully once Travis County reaches COVID risk of Stage One. In the meantime, we are maintaining our robust schedule of offerings in our Online Zendo.
All are welcome to join us.
Support the long-delayed installation of Rev. Choro Antonaccio as AZC’s Tanto, or Head of Practice in this short but beautiful ceremony.
Genzo-e is a concentrated study retreat on a chapter of Dogen Zenji’s Shobogenzo. In this retreat Rev. Kokyo will teach on Shobogenzo Muchu Setsumu.
Join us for our first in-person day-long retreat since March 2019. Participation in this retreat requires proof of vaccination.
Join us in saying farewell to AZC practice leader and resident Tatsushi Tim Kroll as he departs for the monastery.
Join us ONLINE (with an In-Person option) for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.
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.
Getting together in-person for caring for our garden & grounds is one of the few ways we can practice together body to body!
Read the latest Branching Streams Newsletters here.
People are asking: When will AZC reopen, and may I come sit once I get vaccinated?
We are delighted to welcome 2 new support staff members to help take care of AZC’s Administration, Practice Leadership & Membership!
Check out the ongoing painting project of AZC’s Zendo and Foyer. Want to help out? Volunteer with paint prep and/or support the project(s) w/a donation!
Read about upcoming developments for departing AZC practice leader & resident Tim Kroll.
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 now offers new meditation cushions for sale for your at-home zendo needs! Pop-up, bug-free Meditation Tents are also available.
Austin Zen Center now has a live chat server for Sangha members. Sign up here!
Recent Dharma Talk
Diving Into the Cold Completely
July 10th, 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:
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.