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.


Austin has reached COVID risk Stage Four, which means masks are required in the Austin Zen Center building. We will also modify our forms to standing bows only and soft chanting to minimize risk of transmission.

While we’ve begun our first phase of reopening for in-person sitting (for those confirmed as fully vaccinated), we are carefully monitoring the recent increase in COVID cases and will adhere to APH’s guidelines. AZC continues to be closed to the general public. We look forward to being able to reopen more fully once Travis County reaches COVID risk of Stage One. In the meantime, we are maintaining our robust schedule of offerings in our Online Zendo.

All are welcome to join us.


Upcoming Events

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday, July 21st @ 6:45 – 7:15 pm

Join us ONLINE (with an In-Person option) for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.

AZC News

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

Diving Into the Cold Completely
Tim Kroll
July 10th, 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.