AZC Coming & Going this Summer

Rev. Colin Gipson, Head Teacher of San Antonio Zen Center will be giving a Dharma Talk on Renunciation in Zen on June 16th at 10:15am. Colin began practicing at the Austin Zen Center in 2000. He was ordained in 2003 and practiced at San Francisco Zen Center for several years. After returning to the Austin Zen Center to be Shuso (Head Monk) in 2010, Colin took up several temple positions at AZC, including Director, and received Dharma Transmission in October, 2014.

Rev. Mako Voelkel will be in Baltimore from June 14th to late June to assist her mother in packing and moving to Austin by July 1st. She will also be traveling to the Bay Area from July 18-31 toto co-lead two Zen & Yoga Retreats (Healing Power of Stillness and Satori & Salutations), both at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and to study with her teacher Ryushin Paul Haller .

Rev. Greg Snyder of Brooklyn Zen Center will be speaking at AZC over the weekend of July 6-8, along with his partner, Dharma Teacher Laura O’ Loughlin. The focus of his teaching will be on Engaged Buddhism, Social Justice, and building a diverse community.


Senior Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller will be in Austin from July 13-15. He will be giving a Dharma Talk on July 14th at 10:15am, and an afternoon workshop from 2-6pm. Paul is a dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman and has taught at Zen Center for over 25 years. Paul was Co-Abbot—and City Center Abbot under the Abbacy Restructuring—from 2003 to 2012. He teaches throughout the U.S. and Europe and has led mindfulness programs to assist with depression and recovery. Paul has also taught in prisons and has a long involvement with the Zen Hospice Project. He has been practicing yoga for over 25 years.


Shotai De La Rosa will be coming to Austin to give a Dharma Talk and Workshop, as well as to lead a half-day retreat based on the workshop, over the weekend of August 11-12.

About our Visiting Teacher Program:

Austin Zen Center’s visiting teacher program allows for a greater breadth and depth of teaching and practice for the community. Visiting teachers can often have a transformative effect on the participants that leads to changes in their individual well-being and in their relationships with others in the sangha, their families, friends and co-workers. This program enhances the local and national visibility of AZC (especially when AZC teachers teach elsewhere), helping us to reach more students and strengthen our relationships with other teachers and zen centers. 

If you have appreciated having a wide range of teachers speak at AZC over the years, please consider supporting this program by making a contribution today.