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.

***Please Note***: AZC will be closed for our Summer Interim from Saturday Aug 24th – Friday Aug 30th. While we will reopen in time for the Saturday Morning Program on August 31st, our regular zazen periods will be informal until after the Tassajara Private Study Week has ended. 

We wish everyone a safe and joyous end of the Summer!

Upcoming Events

Sangha Soji & Breakfast

Wednesday, August 21st @ 7:30am-9:15am

Join us for our extended Soji (Temple Cleaning) followed by a Sangha Breakfast.

Sunday Zazenkai with Tim Kroll

Sunday, Sep 8th @ 8am–12 pm

A morning of informal practice with zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), and basic instruction, with no formal lecture or service.​

AZC News

AZC Seeking Ombudsperson Nominations

AZC is looking for nominations for the role of an Ombudsperson to act as an impartial and independent resource in cases of potential maladministration.

2019 Branching Streams Conference

This year’s conference of SFZC Suzuki Roshi Lineage temples is hosted by the Milwaukee Zen Center, from September 16th – 19th.

2019 DoanRyo Training

Ongoing Ceremonial Training Available

Being a member of AZC’s Doanryo and taking up the ceremonial life of AZC is yet another way to deepen your Zen practice while being of benefit to the Sangha.

Take a Virtual Tour of AZC

Interested in stopping by for meditation but want to scope the place out first? See the Virtual Tours of AZC below.

Recent Dharma Talk

The Five Hindrances
Rev. Colin Gipson
July 27th, 2019

Community Spotlight: Why do you practice at AZC?

We depend on your support to run and maintain the Austin Zen Center. Please consider giving back in these ways by clicking on the images below:

Support AZC

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.