Join us ONLINE for this most ancient of Buddhist ceremonies – taking refuge and chanting precepts.
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.
AZC’s Waking Up Group is launching new study modules starting January 17th. Everyone respectfully interested (BIPOC, White-identified &/or Unidentified) is welcome!
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.
Join us for an early morning sit and commemorative service celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The AZC Practice Leadership joins with both SFZC’s & SZBA’s Statements on the 1/6/21 Attack on US Congress.
In Memoriam: Hakuryū Sōjun Mel Weitsman (1920-2021), Berkeley Zen Center Abbot
Read the latest Branching Streams Newsletters here.
Read this year-end letter from AZC Leadership, and see some of the highlights from the past year.
Watch AZC sangha member & artist Jess Engle on Zen & Art and her creative process in making AZC’s 2020 Year-End card.
Thank you to all who participated in our recent Coffee & Chat Campaign! See the update here.
AZC now offers new meditation cushions for sale for your at-home zendo needs! Pop-up, bug-free Meditation Tents are also available.
Austin Zen Center now has a live chat server for Sangha members. Sign up here!
Join AZC’s Mutual Aid Project to connect deeply, be of benefit, and to support one another in our interdependence.
We are looking into ways to make giving and receiving to one another simple and straightforward in the weeks and months to come.
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.
Recent Dharma Talk
Yin and Yang, Flowing Into One Another
December 19th, 2020
Community Spotlight: Why do you practice at AZC?
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There are many ways to participate in the AZC community, from ceremonial roles to helping in the communal garden.
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AZC is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Any amount you wish to donate will be deeply appreciated.
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