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.

Upcoming Events


Wednesday & Sunday Practice Period Gatherings

Wednesday & Sunday Practice Period Gatherings

One of the main offerings of Practice Periods is that participants have weekly gatherings on ... Read More
Right Use of Power: A Weekend Training w/Dr. Peg Syverson

Right Use of Power: A Weekend Training w/Dr. Peg Syverson

June 9-10, 10am-6pm each day
“Right use of power is one of the most crucial needs of our time and ... Read More
Half-Day Meditation Retreat on Foundations of Zen, with Rev. Mako Voelkel

Half-Day Meditation Retreat on Foundations of Zen, with Rev. Mako Voelkel

Saturday May 26th from 8-noon
Our practice is to discover the One Who Is Not Busy within each moment. Sometime ... Read More
Austin Zen Center T-Shirt Order

Austin Zen Center T-Shirt Order

We are now taking orders for the new AZC T-Shirt! Available in Black or White/Off-White, ... Read More
Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday May 31st, 6:45pm - 7:15pm
Every month on the Wednesday evening closest to the full moon, the Austin Zen Center ... Read More
Dharma Discussion Group

Dharma Discussion Group

Thurday Evenings 7:00-8:15pm
This group evolved out of the Buddhist Book group and was meeting weekly to promote ... Read More

AZC News


Sundays in the Garden – with Kokaku Sherry Mason

Note our new Summer Hours from 8:00 - 10:00am. All are welcome to join us in the opportunity to engage in (mostly) silent work-practice in the beautiful Austin Zen Center garden led ... Read More

Spring Practice Period Form Changes (5/2-6/2)

Practice Period is a time for creating a container that allows for deepening our engagement with our practice of studying the self and dropping the self, both internally and externally ... Read More

Zen Writing Group

7:00-8:30pm Tuesdays at the Austin Zen Center The Zen Writing group offers a weekly opportunity to get together with others to write and share our writing. Our meeting involves writing ... Read More

Dharma Talk Library

Most Recent Dharma Talk

"Trust in Mind"

by Tim Kroll
April 28th, 2018

Listen Now! Tim Kroll

Community Spotlight

Q: Why do you practice at AZC?

  • Ivey Lian

    Ivey Lian

    Member Since: 2012

    I am a member because AZC is my home.

  • David Adelman

    David Adelman

    Member Since: 2009

    I support AZC because of the open-heartedness + compassion of the community!

  • Jeanne Dake

    Jeanne Dake

    Member Since: 2014

    Love + Sangha ... Joy, Peace Today!

  • Charles Ball

    Charles Ball

    Member Since: 2008

    It's the people!

  • Mako Voelkel

    Mako Voelkel

    Member Since: 2014

    To support all beings without exception, to awaken to their true nature of boundless love and unsurpassed wisdom

  • Anne Handley

    Anne Handley

    Member Since: 2010

    To meditate with you here, now.

  • Jack Hohengarten

    Jack Hohengarten

    Member Since: 2008

    Dharma!

  • Pat Yingst

    Pat Yingst

    Member Since: 2009

    I love this practice! I love these people!

  • Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson

    Member Since: 2010

    Being accepted.

  • Melanie Gulick

    Melanie Gulick

    Member Since: 2010

    I am a member to experiment and learn together as a community. To be more compassionate, loving, & kind. And to awaken!

  • Bruce Smith

    Bruce Smith

    Member Since: 2012

    Because in a sense, we are all refugees.

  • Lysa Allen

    Lysa Allen

    Member Since: 2016

    Feels like home.

  • Ernest Caple

    Ernest Caple

    Member Since: 2013

    Perfect smiles.

  • Catherine van Zanten

    Catherine van Zanten

    Member Since: 2010

    I have found my spiritual home.

  • Kim Mosley

    Kim Mosley

    Member Since: 2008

    Something inside me drives to AZC.

  • Barbara Noblin

    Barbara Noblin

    Member Since: 2013

    This sangha is home.

  • Jonathen Riley

    Jonathen Riley

    Member Since: 2016

    Enlightenment through work.

  • Kathy Goodwin

    Kathy Goodwin

    Member Since: 2014

    We all need the sangha!

  • Eric Locker

    Eric Locker

    Member Since: 2014

    Love + sangha.

  • Chris Azbill

    Chris Azbill

    Member Since: 2016

    Austin Zen Center is my home.

  • Richard Graf

    Richard Graf

    Member Since: 2014

    For world peace.

  • Tracy Cramer

    Tracy Cramer

    Member Since: 2017

    I'm here because I can't do this without you!

  • Jeremy Shoemaker

    Jeremy Shoemaker

    Member Since: 2013

    No matter where you go ... There you are!

  • Jōshin Shaevel

    Jōshin Shaevel

    Member Since: 2012

    Awakening!