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.

We have reopened the zendo for our morning, noon and evening program.

Current AZC protocols for registered vaccinated individuals to participate in person:

        • Please do NOT enter the temple if exhibiting any COVID symptoms – fever, fatigue, congestion, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty breathing, loss of smell/taste

        • Masks will be required in the temple for most events

        • Soft chanting during services

        • Frequent hand-washing/sanitizing

        • We ask that anyone who enters the temple agrees to let us know ASAP if they test positive for COVID

We look forward to reopening more fully to the general public once Travis County reaches COVID risk of Stage One. We request that inquiries about signups, reopening, and similar matters be directed to the Temple Administrator.

In the meantime, we are maintaining our robust schedule of offerings in our Online Zendo.

Upcoming Events

Weekend Meditation Retreat

Friday(eve), Nov. 12th – Sunday, Nov. 14th

Join us for a weekend retreat led by Kokyo Henkel. In-person participation in this retreat requires proof of vaccination.

Women’s Circle with Shoho Kuebast

5 biweekly Mondays, : October 4 – November 29 @ 5pm-6pm

Join a Women’s Circle with Shoho Kuebast, Mako Voelkel and others this fall (outdoors in AZC side yard)

Sejiki Ceremony – In-Person

Wednesday, October 27th @ 6:45-8:00pm

Join us in-person (outdoors) for this yearly ceremony of honoring those who have died in the past year and letting go of our own harmful karma.

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday, November 17th @ 6:45 – 7:15 pm

Join us In-Person or Online for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.

AZC News

Updated: AZC’s COVID Protocols & Reopening

People are asking: When will AZC reopen, and may I come sit once I get vaccinated? This is where you can register your proof of vaccination in preparation for re-opening.

Sangha News

Have any news you’d like to share? Personal, work-related, milestones, accomplishments, family, activities… We want to hear from you!

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.

Meditation Supplies For Sale

AZC now offers new meditation cushions for sale for your at-home zendo needs! Pop-up, bug-free Meditation Tents are also available.

Recent Dharma Talk

On Sitting Zazen
Kokyo Henkel
October 16th, 2021

Community Spotlight: Do you have a home altar?

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.

General Program Payment

Pay for AZC programs by clicking on the image above when the registration form that is specific to the program is not available.

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.