Join us in our celebration of Shakyamuni Buddha’s Enlightenment – either online or in-person (masked, distanced).
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. 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 All Beings Realize Their True Nature.
*** Please NOTE: AZC will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday (11/26) & Friday (11/27), returning for our Saturday Morning Program on 11/28. ***
Stay Safe Austin
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Please everyone: Stay Safe, Be Considerate & WEAR A MASK!
While our temple building continues to be closed to the public during the CoVID-19 pandemic, we are maintaining our robust schedule of offerings in our Online Zendo. All are welcome to join us.
Join us for a Dharma Talk by Kokyo Henkel in our Saturday Morning Program.
Join us for this 5-day Rohatsu Sesshin, commemorating the Buddha’s enlightenment.
Join us ONLINE for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.
AZC’s Waking Up Group is launching new study modules starting November 8th. Everyone respectfully interested (BIPOC, White-identified &/or Unidentified) is welcome!
Join us for a 6-week online Practice Period on what it means to take refuge.
Join us for our online Beginner’s Meditation Instruction
Join us in chanting for the well-being of loved ones and those in need, following Wed evening zazen.
Join us for our regularly scheduled offerings of zazen, now online! Click on the Zoom links within to enter.
This is an ongoing study group on the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts for committed practitioners. We are currently meeting over zoom.
Watch Austin Area Buddhists in iACT’s recent Day of Thanks: Love Has No Distance
Read the latest Branching Streams Newsletters here.
Explore traditional Sōtō zen forms during morning services during the Fall Practice Period. Here is a short guide.
Over the next few months AZC leadership will be reaching out to our members for an informal discussion and support.
Some simple practices for taking great care during a time of COVID19.
We now have new meditation cushions for sale for your at-home zendo needs! Meditation tents will be available soon.
Austin Zen Center now has a live chat server for Sangha members. Sign up here!
Join AZC’s Mutual Aid Project to connect deeply, be of benefit, and to support one another in our interdependence.
We are looking into ways to make giving and receiving to one another simple and straightforward in the weeks and months to come.
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.
Interested in stopping by for meditation but want to scope the place out first? See the Virtual Tours of AZC below.
Recent Dharma Talk
What Does it Mean to be a Buddhist?
Rev. Josho Pat Phelan
November 7th, 2020
Community Spotlight: Why do you practice at AZC?
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There are many ways to participate in the AZC community, from ceremonial roles to helping in the communal garden.
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AZC is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Any amount you wish to donate will be deeply appreciated.
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