This retreat focuses on Lojong practices of Training the Mind & Developing Compassion
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.
Join us for this 7-day Rohatsu Sesshin, commemorating the Buddha’s enlightenment.
Check out some of AZC’s offerings over the next few months, including Visiting Teachers, Workshops, Ceremonies, and Retreats.
Join Esther Gokhale’s numerous offerings.
Join us for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.
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 will continue to offer a monthly Evening Beginners’ Meditation Instruction Class, featuring extra time for individual attention. (Last eve class of 2020!)
Please note form changes for our Fall Practice Period.
Interested in stopping by for meditation but want to scope the place out first? See the Virtual Tours of AZC below.
Practice and listen to the ancient Kan Ro Mon chant to prepare for Sejiki.
Recent Dharma Talk
Transforming Bad Circumstances Into Good Ones
Rev. Mako Voelkel
November 2nd, 2019
Community Spotlight: Why do you practice at AZC?
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