The Austin Zen Center is a community of people exploring how to apply the Buddha’s teachings in their daily lives. As a member-supported organization, it exists due to the generous gifts of time, skills, and money offered by dedicated supporters. Becoming a pledging member at AZC is one way of expressing your deepest intentions and aligning yourself with our efforts to share the Dharma with all who walk through our doors. Whether your financial situation permits greater or lesser giving, we encourage you to pledge at the level that is appropriate to you.
The main benefit to becoming a Supporting Member of the Austin Zen Center is knowing that your contribution helps to sustain a much loved practice space and community of dedicated Zen practitioners taking up the urgent call to wake up to their true nature for the benefit of all beings.
Membership pledges are what allow AZC to have a resident teacher, to host frequent visiting teachers, to offer daily zazen periods (with 4+ periods of zazen offered five days a week!), weekly public Dharma Talks (each one available online, ensuring the dharma is freely accessible), monthly retreats, frequent classes, workshops, and sangha work days, and to generally support the day-to-day operating expenses of the temple.
Membership is supported by community and grounded in practice. Some of the other benefits of membership include being able to have private interviews with our teachers, borrow from our extensive library, vote at our annual meetings and receive discounted rates for all retreats, workshops and classes.
Your support will enable Zen Center to continue offering a full schedule of activities that helps all of us us deepen our understanding of practice.