Join us for in-person (and online) zazen and a Sangha Work day with pizza lunch! Covid restrictions apply.
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.
Join us for a 6-week class on Zen Sitting, otherwise known as shikantaza, or Just Exactly Sitting. For all levels of experience!
Join us ONLINE (with an In-Person option) for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.
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.
Getting together in-person for caring for our garden & grounds is one of the few ways we can practice together body to body!
We are looking to hire a new temple administrator! See details within.
Gratitude to outgoing board members, our new board officers, and a call for nominations!
AZC has a new board president: Shugen Zuiho Shuey! Read Shu’s message to our members & supporters.
Deep gratitude for Julie’s fine service to our community over these last few years! Sadly, Julie will be moving to a new job within the next few weeks. AZC will start the search for a new Temple Office Administrator in the upcoming week.
Read the latest Branching Streams Newsletters here.
Read about upcoming developments for AZC practice leader & resident Tim Kroll and his path of practice.
People are asking: When will AZC reopen, and may I come sit once I get vaccinated?
Join us this Saturday from 1:30-4:30 to help strip old paint! Unable to come but still want to make a contribution? Make a donation towards the cost of paint & the professional painting crew!
Thank you to those who have already filled out our re-opening survey for our members and supporters! If you haven’t yet filled it out, you may do so here.
With the recent passing of Dharma brother Mark Bykoski, we are taking up a collection for developing a memorial bench & garden space for AZC sangha members & supporters.
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.
Join AZC’s Mutual Aid Project to connect deeply, be of benefit, and to support one another – now on Discord!.
Recent Dharma Talk
Taking Refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha
May 29th, 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:
There are many ways to participate in the AZC community, from ceremonial roles to helping in the communal garden.
Pay for AZC programs by clicking on the image above when the registration form that is specific to the program is not available.
AZC is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Any amount you wish to donate will be deeply appreciated.
Make a commitment to Zen practice by making a payment towards your membership or becoming a member of the AZC community.