Accept with Gratitude, a Dharma Talk by Tanto Choro

Saturday, January 9th at 10:00 am

Join us online for this Dharma Talk by AZC Tanto (Head of Practice) Rev. Choro Antonaccio.

The Buddha taught gratitude, and the founder of our Zen school, Dogen, frequently expressed and urged gratitude as well. The founder of this temple, Zenkei Blanche Hartman, emphasized the practice of gratitude; so did her dharma brother, Myogen Steve Stucky. Myogen suggested just saying the word, “Gratitude” no matter what appeared, and his final dharma talk, as he was dying of pancreatic cancer, was about gratitude. How do we practice gratitude in the face of  difficulty and suffering, both personal and much larger?

About Rev. Choro Carla Antonaccio: Rev. Choro is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest ordained in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi by her root teacher, Josho Pat Phelan Roshi. She began formal practice in 1999 at Chapel Hill Zen Center where she was a resident practitioner from 2005 until her recent move to Austin with her husband Bunkai. Rev. Choro has also spent time training at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, San Francisco Zen Center City Center, and Green Gulch Farm. She was Shuso for the Chapel Hill Zen Center community in 2016 and has served as Tenzo, Work Leader and Ino in Chapel Hill. In 2018, after 30 years of teaching and fieldwork, Choro stepped back from her academic career as an archaeologist. Choro has served as the Tanto (Head of Practice) for the Austin Zen Center sangha since just before the pandemic started, and may be reached at

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Time: Saturdays from 9-12 AM CST   (repeats weekly on Saturdays)


8:00 – 8:30 am      Informal Zazen 

8:30 – 8:40 am      Kinhin

8:40 – 9:05 am       Informal Zazen

9:05 – 9:15 am       Han for Zazen

9:15 – 9:50 am        Zazen

9:50 – 10:00 am      Hymn to the Perfection of Wisdom chant & short break

10:00 – 10:45 am    Dharma Talk

10:45 – 12:00 pm    Announcements/Q&A/virtual Tea & Cookies

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