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.


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.



Upcoming Events

Sejiki Ceremony

Friday, October 30th @ 6pm

Join us online or in-person (limited spaces) for this yearly ceremony of honoring those who have died in the past year and letting go of our own harmful karma. As a fundraiser for AZC, please consider making a donation for this event.

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday, October 28th @ 6:45-7:15 pm

Join us ONLINE for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.

AZC WAKING UP – Fall Modules

Join our Anti-Racism Study Modules this Fall

AZC’s Waking Up Group is launching new study modules starting September 13th. Everyone respectfully interested (BIPOC, White-identified &/or Unidentified) is welcome!

Formal Precept Study Group

Tuesdays @ 7:00-8:15pm

This is an ongoing study group on the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts for committed practitioners. We are currently meeting over zoom.

AZC News

In Memorium: Yvonne Rand

Yvonne Rand, a significant member of the first generation of Zen teachers in America (and a big part of our lineage and history) died this past August. Read her obituary here.

Sangha News

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

Flowers of Compassion

AZC member Rich Graf has kept up his practice of arranging flowers for AZC altars: Read about it here.

AZC Mutual Aid Project

Giver, Receiver, & Gift:

Join AZC’s Mutual Aid Project to connect deeply, be of benefit, and to support one another in our interdependence.

Recent Dharma Talk

How to Turn Towards
Uncertainty As Our Practice

Tim Kroll
October 3rd, 2020

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.