What is Lay Practice? – A Dharma Talk by Koun Franz

Saturday, February 27th at 10:00am

The Austin Zen Center is an urban Sōtō zen temple with a predominantly lay community. Indeed, lay practice and lay practitioners have been a vital part of Mahayana Buddhism from the very beginning.

Sōtō Zen has always been, and remains, strongly shaped by a monastic model—a model we can’t easily replicate in our lay communities. What shape does practice take outside of that traditional monastic container?

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About Rev. Koun Franz:

Koun Franz was born in Helena, Montana, but has spent a good deal of his adult life in Japan. He was ordained in 2001, then trained at Zuioji and Shogoji monasteries. From 2006 to 2010, he served as resident priest of the Anchorage Zen Community in Alaska. Koun is married to Tracy Franz—they now live with their two kids in Canada (Halifax, Nova Scotia), where he leads practice at Zen Nova Scotia.

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Austin Zen Center invites you to the Saturday Morning Program in the Online Zendo

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