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


Austin Zen Center T-Shirt Order

Austin Zen Center T-Shirt Order

We are now taking orders for the new AZC T-Shirt! Available in Black or White/Off-White, ... Read More
Ongoing Programs on offer at AZC

Ongoing Programs on offer at AZC

Ongoing weekly and occasional Programs
AZC hosts a variety of ongoing and occasional programs to its members and beyond. From ... Read More
"To Study the Way, is to Study the Self," a Workshop with Ryushin Paul Haller

“To Study the Way, is to Study the Self,” a Workshop with Ryushin Paul Haller

Saturday July 14th from 1-5pm
“To study the buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is ... Read More
Realizing Justice and Healing Our Histories of Violence, w/Greg Snyder & Laura O'Loughlin

Realizing Justice and Healing Our Histories of Violence, w/Greg Snyder & Laura O’Loughlin

July 6-7 Full Weekend of Events
This weekend we will explore the internal and external work of turning our practice toward ... Read More

AZC News


AZC Coming & Going this Summer

Rev. Mako Voelkel recently returned from Baltimore with her 81 year-old Japanese mother and will be caring for her here in Austin. She will also be traveling to the Bay Area from ... Read More

A Weekend of Realizing Justice and Healing Our Histories of Violence

Join Visiting Teachers Rev. Greg Snyder and Laura O'Loughlin of Brooklyn Zen Center this weekend for a number of sangha-wide discussion on Realizing Justice and Healing Our Histories of Violence. Friday ... Read More

Dharma Talk Library

Most Recent Dharma Talk

"How Do We Know What's True?"

by Rev. Mako Voelkel
June 2nd, 2018

Listen Now! Rev. Mako Voelkel

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

    Dharma!

  • 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

    Awakening!