Join Shōgen Jody Greene for an afternoon of connecting physical form with our meditation practice.
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.
Happy In(ter)dependence Day!!!
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On this 4th of July we wholeheartedly extend our warmest well-wishes to the AZC sangha and our fellow Americans celebrating the deep desire for freedom from tyranny & subjugation for ALL BEINGS!
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Please everyone: Stay Safe, Be Considerate & WEAR A MASK!
PLEASE NOTE: AZC will be CLOSED in observance for the 4th of JULY. There will be no public programs on Saturday July 4th.
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. ***
This online course will explore the impact of whiteness both personally and systemically; led by Crystal Johnson and sponsored by Branching Streams.
A morning of informal practice with zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), and basic instruction, with no formal lecture or service.
Join us ONLINE 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.
This group is meeting online during the current CoVid pandemic. We are reading Crooked Cucumber – a biography of our Japanese Zen founder Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.
Have any news you’d like to share? Personal, work-related, milestones, accomplishments, family, activities… We want to hear from you!
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.
AZC member Rich Graf has kept up his practice of arranging flowers for AZC altars: Read about it here.
Read the latest Branching Streams Newsletters here.
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.
Send in a photo of your home altar and/or a few words about your home practice during the pandemic – to be featured in our next newsletter!
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.
Interested in stopping by for meditation but want to scope the place out first? See the Virtual Tours of AZC below.
Recent Dharma Talk
How Our Practice Can Inform Our Search for Social Justice
June 13th, 2020
Community Spotlight: Why do you practice at AZC?
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