Welcome to the Austin Zen Center

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 We And All Beings Realize Their True Nature.

See our regular program schedule here.

Questions about our offerings may be directed to our 

We invite and welcome you to protect yourself and others by wearing a mask.

Since there are vulnerable individuals among us, and the virus can still cause serious illness or death, do not come to the temple if you have Covid or flu symptoms, if you have been ill but not fully cleared the virus, or if you aren’t fully vaccinated. 

May all beings be well and safe!

Upcoming Events

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, February 11th from 6am-5pm

Explore sitting with others in a full day of practice, including oryoki breakfast and lunch in the zendo.

Sangha Week at Tassajara

August 8 – 13, 2023

Join us for a Sangha Week at our home monastery (and hot-springs) in the Ventana Wilderness of California.

Next Step: Meditation & Beyond

Thursday, January 26 @ 6:45–8:15 pm

This is a 1½ hour class for those who have attended the Beginner’s Instruction, and who are interested in taking the next step in their formal zen practice.

AZC News

AZC Store

AZC has t-shirts and a limited supply of meditation cushions for sale.

AZC Online Zendo Forms & Etiquette

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.

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:

Volunteer at AZC

There are many ways to participate in the AZC community, from ceremonial roles to helping in the communal garden.

Donate to AZC

AZC is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Any amount you wish to donate will be deeply appreciated.

AZC Membership

Make a commitment to Zen practice by making a payment towards your membership or becoming a member of the AZC community.