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.

May All Beings Realize Their True Nature.

Upcoming Events

AZC Annual Membership Meeting and Community Brunch

AZC Annual Membership Meeting and Community Brunch

Saturday February 23rd, 10:15 - 12:45pm
Following the Saturday morning meditation and chanting service, we'll be kicking off our Annual Meeting ... Read More
Buddha's Parinirvana Retreat

Buddha’s Parinirvana Retreat

Saturday, Feb 15th at 5:45 - Sunday, Feb 16th at 4pm
After his awakening under the Bodhi tree, the Buddha spent the next 45 years of ... Read More
Community Council Meeting - An Exercise in Council, with Rev. Tenku Ruff

Community Council Meeting – An Exercise in Council, with Rev. Tenku Ruff

Friday, February 1st from 6-8pm
Given the enthusiasm shown at our last Community Town-Hall Meeting in November, AZC is exploring ... Read More
Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday November 21st, 6:45pm - 7:15pm
Every month on the Wednesday evening closest to the full moon, the Austin Zen Center ... Read More
The 'Now' Button: Zen principles in the Immediate Age - a Dharma Talk by Rev. Michael McCord

The ‘Now’ Button: Zen principles in the Immediate Age – a Dharma Talk by Rev. Michael McCord

January 19, 2019 @ 10:15 am - 11:00 am
The 'Now' Button: Zen Principles in the Immediate Age A Dharma Talk by Visiting Teacher ... Read More
Next Step: Meditation & Beyond Class

Next Step: Meditation & Beyond Class

January 17, 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Next Step: Meditation & Beyond is a 1½ hour class for those who have attended ... Read More
Sunday Zazenkai with Tim Kroll

Sunday Zazenkai with Tim Kroll

January 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a morning of silent informal practice with zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking ... Read More

AZC News

Take a Virtual Tour of AZC

Interested in stopping by for meditation but want to scope the place out first? See the Virtual Tours of AZC below. Use the navigation arrows to get a 360° view ... Read More

Head Teacher Installation Ceremony

Many deep bows of gratitude to the Austin Zen Center Board of Directors, Senior Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller, Rev. Unzan Doshin, Mako Voelkel and the entire AZC Membership for ... Read More

Sangha Sessions for Healing and Harmony

Facilitated by AZC Director Tim Kroll and AZC Board Member and Clinical Psychologist Mary Meagher On 3 Sundays: Jan 13, 27, & Feb 3 from 1-2:30pm In recognition of an ... Read More

Austin Zen Center T-Shirt: Order Here!

We are now taking orders for the recent AZC T-Shirt! Available in Black or White/Off-White, in Unisex (Crew) or Women's cut (V-neck), and in sizes ranging from XS -XL. Front ... Read More

Join the AZC Member Directory

All are welcome to join our fledgling Member Directory to help facilitate intra-sangha communication and collaboration. This is an opt-in situation, where you select what information to share in the ... Read More

Sundays in the Garden – with Kokaku Sherry Mason

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 Austin Zen Center garden led by AZC Elder, ... Read More

Dharma Talk Library

Most Recent Dharma Talk

The Practice of Gratitude

by Rev. Mako Voelkel
November 24th, 2018

Listen Now! Rev. Mako Voelkel

Community Spotlight

Q: Why do you practice at AZC?

  • Ivey LianIvey LianMember Since: 2012

    I am a member because AZC is my home.

  • David AdelmanDavid AdelmanMember Since: 2009

    I support AZC because of the open-heartedness + compassion of the community!

  • Jeanne DakeJeanne DakeMember Since: 2014

    Love + Sangha ... Joy, Peace Today!

  • Charles BallCharles BallMember Since: 2008

    It's the people!

  • Mako VoelkelMako VoelkelMember Since: 2014

    To support all beings without exception, to awaken to their true nature of boundless love and unsurpassed wisdom

  • Anne HandleyAnne HandleyMember Since: 2010

    To meditate with you here, now.

  • Jack HohengartenJack HohengartenMember Since: 2008


  • Pat YingstPat YingstMember Since: 2009

    I love this practice! I love these people!

  • Robert WilsonRobert WilsonMember Since: 2010

    Being accepted.

  • Melanie GulickMelanie GulickMember Since: 2010

    I am a member to experiment and learn together as a community. To be more compassionate, loving, & kind. And to awaken!

  • Bruce SmithBruce SmithMember Since: 2012

    Because in a sense, we are all refugees.

  • Lysa AllenLysa AllenMember Since: 2016

    Feels like home.

  • Ernest CapleErnest CapleMember Since: 2013

    Perfect smiles.

  • Catherine van ZantenCatherine van ZantenMember Since: 2010

    I have found my spiritual home.

  • Kim MosleyKim MosleyMember Since: 2008

    Something inside me drives to AZC.

  • Barbara NoblinBarbara NoblinMember Since: 2013

    This sangha is home.

  • Jonathen RileyJonathen RileyMember Since: 2016

    Enlightenment through work.

  • Kathy GoodwinKathy GoodwinMember Since: 2014

    We all need the sangha!

  • Eric LockerEric LockerMember Since: 2014

    Love + sangha.

  • Chris AzbillChris AzbillMember Since: 2016

    Austin Zen Center is my home.

  • Richard GrafRichard GrafMember Since: 2014

    For world peace.

  • Tracy CramerTracy CramerMember Since: 2017

    I'm here because I can't do this without you!

  • Jeremy ShoemakerJeremy ShoemakerMember Since: 2013

    No matter where you go ... There you are!

  • Jōshin ShaevelJōshin ShaevelMember Since: 2012