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

Genzo-e Sesshin on Shobogenzo Komyo (Radiant Light) with Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Genzo-e Sesshin on Shobogenzo Komyo (Radiant Light) with Rev. Kokyo Henkel

May 4th - 6th, 2018 from 6am - 8pm
A Zen ancestor once said, “The entire world of the ten directions is the radiant ... Read More
Spring Practice Period - Coming Soon!

Spring Practice Period – Coming Soon!

Wednesday, May 2 - Saturday June 2
Practice Periods (Jp. Ango, or “peaceful dwelling”) offer an excellent opportunity for beginners as well ... Read More
Next Step: Meditation & Beyond

Next Step: Meditation & Beyond

Thursday, March 22nd at 6:45-8:15pm
Next Step: Meditation & Beyond is a 1½ hour class for those who have attended ... Read More
Sangha Work-Practice Day & Potluck

Sangha Work-Practice Day & Potluck

Saturday March. 17th 10:15am - 2:00pm
All are welcome to join us for our Spring Sangha Work-Practice Day! Following the Saturday ... Read More
Sangha Work-Practice Week At Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

Sangha Work-Practice Week At Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

Friday April 13th - Thursday April 19th
Join Unzan Mako Voelkel and other AZC sangha members for a unique opportunity to work ... Read More
Bows of Gratitude to Eric Travis, Board Secretary 2013-2018

Bows of Gratitude to Eric Travis, Board Secretary 2013-2018

Austin Zen Center sangha member Eric Travis first stepped onto AZC's Board of Directors in ... Read More
SXSW Film: "A Little Wisdom" Screening

SXSW Film: “A Little Wisdom” Screening

Screening Dates: March 10th, 11th, and 15th
A Little Wisdom is director Yuqi Kang’s intimately observed portrait of orphaned monks living in ... Read More
One-Day Compassion Retreat with Rev. Mako Voelkel

One-Day Compassion Retreat with Rev. Mako Voelkel

April 7th, 2018 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
In Dogen Zenji's Keisei Sanshoku he says, "When great compassion is deep within you, and your ... Read More

AZC News

Welcoming our Incoming AZC Board members

On Saturday March 3rd at the Annual Meeting, the AZC Sangha voted three new Sangha members onto the AZC Board of Directors: Maureen Milligan, William Harnew, and Mary Meagher. Please ... Read More

Former AZC member/resident Heather Iarusso is SHUSO at Tassajara this Spring

Former Austin Zen Center member & resident Heather Iarusso is currently the Shuso (Head Monk) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center! Her Shuso ceremony is on April 2nd, 2018, and we ... Read More

Visiting Soto-shu Japanese Priests at AZC

Last Saturday Austin Zen Center hosted a number of visitors (both expected and unexpected) in what turned into a delightful and impromptu cross-cultural event. A visiting delegation of Japanese monks along ... Read More

AZC Welcomes Student Groups

AZC welcomes student groups to come learn about Zen, meditation, and Buddhist practices. Teachers interested in bringing a class in for a tour and brief meditation instruction may send an ... Read More

Become a Member of the Austin Zen Center!

The Austin Zen Center is a community of people exploring how to apply the Buddha’s teachings in their daily lives. As a member-supported organization, it exists due to the generous ... Read More

Overview of AZC’s Annual Meeting & Community Brunch

This past Saturday March 3rd, AZC held its Annual Meeting and Community Brunch. With approximately 40 members present, we enjoyed a delicious homemade meal together outdoors. After thanking outgoing two-term ... Read More

Zen Writing Group

7:00-8:30pm Tuesdays at the Austin Zen Center The Zen Writing group offers a weekly opportunity to get together with others to write and share our writing. Our meeting involves writing ... Read More

Dharma Talk Library

Most Recent Dharma Talk

"What To Do When We Don't Know What To Do"

by Rev. Tenku Ruff
February 17th, 2018

Listen Now! Rev. Tenku Ruff

Community Spotlight

Q: Why do you practice at AZC?

  • Ivey Lian

    Ivey Lian

    Member Since: 2012

    I am a member because AZC is my home.

  • David Adelman

    David Adelman

    Member Since: 2009

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

  • Jeanne Dake

    Jeanne Dake

    Member Since: 2014

    Love + Sangha ... Joy, Peace Today!

  • Charles Ball

    Charles Ball

    Member Since: 2008

    It's the people!

  • Mako Voelkel

    Mako Voelkel

    Member Since: 2014

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

  • Anne Handley

    Anne Handley

    Member Since: 2010

    To meditate with you here, now.

  • Jack Hohengarten

    Jack Hohengarten

    Member Since: 2008


  • Pat Yingst

    Pat Yingst

    Member Since: 2009

    I love this practice! I love these people!

  • Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson

    Member Since: 2010

    Being accepted.

  • Melanie Gulick

    Melanie Gulick

    Member Since: 2010

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

  • Bruce Smith

    Bruce Smith

    Member Since: 2012

    Because in a sense, we are all refugees.

  • Lysa Allen

    Lysa Allen

    Member Since: 2016

    Feels like home.

  • Ernest Caple

    Ernest Caple

    Member Since: 2013

    Perfect smiles.

  • Catherine van Zanten

    Catherine van Zanten

    Member Since: 2010

    I have found my spiritual home.

  • Kim Mosley

    Kim Mosley

    Member Since: 2008

    Something inside me drives to AZC.

  • Barbara Noblin

    Barbara Noblin

    Member Since: 2013

    This sangha is home.

  • Jonathen Riley

    Jonathen Riley

    Member Since: 2016

    Enlightenment through work.

  • Kathy Goodwin

    Kathy Goodwin

    Member Since: 2014

    We all need the sangha!

  • Eric Locker

    Eric Locker

    Member Since: 2014

    Love + sangha.

  • Chris Azbill

    Chris Azbill

    Member Since: 2016

    Austin Zen Center is my home.

  • Richard Graf

    Richard Graf

    Member Since: 2014

    For world peace.

  • Tracy Cramer

    Tracy Cramer

    Member Since: 2017

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

  • Jeremy Shoemaker

    Jeremy Shoemaker

    Member Since: 2013

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

  • Jōshin Shaevel

    Jōshin Shaevel

    Member Since: 2012