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.

August 16th UPDATE

Our regular schedule has returned to Online Practice ONLY while Travis County is at Stage 5 risk.

Please check back here for current information concerning our post-interim planned events. We will consider whether to hold certain special events on a case by case basis. We request that inquiries about signups, reopening, and similar matters be directed to the Temple Administrator or Head of Practice.

When Travis County returns to Stage 4 COVID-19 risk, we will return to these protocols for vaccinated individuals registered to participate in person:

        • Please do NOT enter the temple if exhibiting any COVID symptoms – fever, fatigue, congestion, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty breathing, loss of smell/taste

        • Masks are required in the temple at all times

        • Standing bows and soft chanting only during service

        • Frequent hand-washing/sanitizing required

        • We ask that anyone who enters the temple agrees to let us know ASAP if they test positive for COVID

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We look forward to reopening to the general public 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 online

Upcoming Events

Bodhisattva Full Moon Ceremony

Wednesday, September 22nd @ 6:45 – 7:15 pm

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

Sunday Bodhidharma Zazenkai – In-Person/Online

Sunday, October 3rd @ 8am–12 pm

A morning of informal practice with zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), and basic instruction, with no formal lecture or service – in our Online Zendo. This particular zazenkai is a celebration of Bodhidharma!

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

Expounding a Dream Within a Dream
Kokyo Henkel
August 28th, 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.