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This meetup group will announce special events and activities held at the Austin Zen Center. Established in 2000, AZC was founded to carry on the warm-hearted teaching of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, as recorded in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Suzuki Roshi's teaching follows the Soto Zen tradition brought from China to Japan in the thirteenth century by Zen master Eihei Dogen. The Soto school of Zen has all the formality and discipline of other schools of Zen, but is particularly characterized by its patient and tender-hearted approach to practice. Austin Zen Center offers many opportunities to practice the wisdom and compassion of Zen Buddhism in the heart of Texas, including daily meditation (zazen), services, work practice, Dharma talks, classes and workshops, silent retreats, as well as opportunities to discuss your Zen practice with a teacher and be a part of our growing sangha.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Zen practice is encouraged to give us a visit!

Find out more about us at www.austinzencenter.org. (http://www.austinzencenter.org)

Upcoming events (5)

Online Beginners’ Meditation Instruction

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The easiest way to familiarize yourself with the Austin Zen Center and our core practice is to start by attending the Beginners’ Class held on Saturdays from 8:00–9:00am. This event, while usually held in the zendo (meditation hall) in the main building at 3014 Washington Square, will be held in our newly formed Online Zendo. Participants will be given meditation instruction (the core practice of Zen Buddhism), a general orientation to the Center (as much as possible), and an opportunity to ask questions about Zen practice in general as well as the Austin Zen Center. All participants are invited to join the Saturday Morning Program immediately after the Beginner’s class, which includes zazen, chanting service, and Dharma talk followed by conversation. While AZC is committed to offering the Saturday Morning Program, weekly periods of zazen, and study/discussion groups free-of-charge, we actively encourage (and rely upon) the generous support of guests, members, and supporters through general donations and membership pledges. The suggested donation for Beginners’ Instruction is $15. Please visit https://austinzencenter.org/beginners-meditation-instruction-online/ to register

AZC Online Zendo - Saturday Services

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Our regular Saturday Morning Program is being moved online during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Please note the earlier than usual time of 10:00 am instead of 10:15 am, and please observe the Forms & Etiquette of our Online Zendo to help foster a harmonious and calming atmosphere for all participants. To enter the AZC Online Zendo, see instructions below. Austin Zen Center invites you to the Saturday Morning Program in the Online Zendo: Time: Saturdays from 8 AM-12 PM CST (repeats weekly on Saturdays) Schedule: 8:00 – 8:30 am Zazen 8:30 – 8:40 am Kinhin 8:40 – 9:05 am Zazen 9:05 – 9:15 am 9:15 – 9:50 am Zazen 9:50 – 10:00 am Break 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma Talk 10:45 – 12:00 pm Announcements/Q&A/virtual Tea & Cookies Visit https://austinzencenter.org/join-the-azc-online-zendo/ for more information and for the link to Zoom

ONLINE Dharma Discussion Group

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The Dharma Discussion Group meets online via Zoom on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:15 PM. Currently the group is reading the book Crooked Cucumber by David Chadwick. We sit for about five minutes and share some tea, before beginning to read the book together. There is no need to purchase the book or read it ahead of time. We read a section of the book together out loud and then discuss it. No prior knowledge of the book or involvement in the group is required. All are welcome! Please come share a group discussion about this wonderful book. Join us on ZOOM! Visit our website for more information and to join via Zoom: https://austinzencenter.org/dharma-discussion-group-2/ • What we'll do This group evolved out of the Buddhist Book group and was meeting weekly to promote engaged practice and Dharma discussion within a number of different venues: we have studied materials on mindfulness practice & koans, have held kitchen-practice sessions with shared meals, held movie and discussion nights, and have participated in Conversation Cafes with the larger sangha. Our main interest is in collaborative engagement and discussion of our individual and shared practice in a warm, friendly and contemplative atmosphere.

AZC Online Zendo - Saturday Services

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Our regular Saturday Morning Program is being moved online during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Please note the earlier than usual time of 10:00 am instead of 10:15 am, and please observe the Forms & Etiquette of our Online Zendo to help foster a harmonious and calming atmosphere for all participants. To enter the AZC Online Zendo, see instructions below. Austin Zen Center invites you to the Saturday Morning Program in the Online Zendo: Time: Saturdays from 8 AM-12 PM CST (repeats weekly on Saturdays) Schedule: 8:00 – 8:30 am Zazen 8:30 – 8:40 am Kinhin 8:40 – 9:05 am Zazen 9:05 – 9:15 am 9:15 – 9:50 am Zazen 9:50 – 10:00 am Break 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma Talk 10:45 – 12:00 pm Announcements/Q&A/virtual Tea & Cookies Visit https://austinzencenter.org/join-the-azc-online-zendo/ for more information and for the link to Zoom

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