Welcome to the Austin Zen Center

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 We And All Beings Realize Their True Nature.

AZC will be closed for Thanksgiving Weekend, November 24th – 26th

We are open for in-person participation. See the schedule HERE. Questions about our offerings, registrations for events, and  similar matters may be directed to our 

All are welcome to continue to join us in the Online Zendo for most activities.

Travis Co. COVID risk is currently at LOW (late August 2022). Since there are vulnerable individuals among us, and the virus can still cause serious illness or death, do not come to the temple if you have symptoms, if you have been ill but not fully cleared the virus, or if you aren’t fully vaccinated
We are not requiring masks during morning or evening zazen Tuesday to Friday.

We continue to require that everyone wear a mask, preferably a N95 or KN95, to protect each other when we are gathered in a large group  – at our public program on Saturday and during ceremonies. Disposable masks are available at the temple if you forget yours. May all beings be well and safe!

Upcoming Events

Rohatsu Sesshin 2022

December 2nd – 9th

Coming together to support each other in cultivating this practice, we sit, walk, eat, work and listen in the intensive winter retreat known at Rohatsu.

AZC News

AZC Store

AZC has t-shirts and a limited supply of meditation cushions for sale.

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.

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.

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.