What we're about

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!

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Upcoming events (5+)

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precept Ceremony

Austin Zen Center

Every month on the Wednesday evening closest to the full moon the Austin Zen Center community takes part in the ancient Bodhisattva Full Moon Precept Ceremony, which consists of offering light, incense, flowers, as well as our bowing and chanting. No experience is necessary and it is very straightforward to simply follow along with the rest of the congregation! This ceremony marks a public renewal of our commitment to the ethical practices known as the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts. These guiding principles for our daily conduct in the world are: • the Three Refuges (refuge in Buddha, the fully awakened and compassionate nature of mind; refuge in Dharma, the flawless truth of interdependence and selflessness; refuge in Sangha, the community of those who practice the Buddhadharma together), • the Three Collective Pure Precepts (embracing and sustaining standards of conduct, embracing and sustaining good qualities, embracing and sustaining living beings), • and the Ten Major Precepts (not killing life, taking what is not given, misusing sexuality, speaking falsely, clouding the mind, speaking of others' faults, praising self at the expense of others, being possessive, indulging anger, disparaging the Three Treasures – Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha). This ceremony is a ritual begun by the Buddha himself, where we renew our commitment to practicing this way of life, in harmony with all beings. Everyone is welcome to attend! Suggested donation: $5+

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precept Ceremony

Austin Zen Center

Every month on the Wednesday evening closest to the full moon the Austin Zen Center community takes part in the ancient Bodhisattva Full Moon Precept Ceremony, which consists of offering light, incense, flowers, as well as our bowing and chanting. No experience is necessary and it is very straightforward to simply follow along with the rest of the congregation! This ceremony marks a public renewal of our commitment to the ethical practices known as the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts. These guiding principles for our daily conduct in the world are: • the Three Refuges (refuge in Buddha, the fully awakened and compassionate nature of mind; refuge in Dharma, the flawless truth of interdependence and selflessness; refuge in Sangha, the community of those who practice the Buddhadharma together), • the Three Collective Pure Precepts (embracing and sustaining standards of conduct, embracing and sustaining good qualities, embracing and sustaining living beings), • and the Ten Major Precepts (not killing life, taking what is not given, misusing sexuality, speaking falsely, clouding the mind, speaking of others' faults, praising self at the expense of others, being possessive, indulging anger, disparaging the Three Treasures – Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha). This ceremony is a ritual begun by the Buddha himself, where we renew our commitment to practicing this way of life, in harmony with all beings. Everyone is welcome to attend! Suggested donation: $5+

Dharma Discussion Group

Austin Zen Center

• 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. After a short hiatus, the Dharma Discussion Group has resumed again! The group will be reading the book Nothing Holy About It by Tim Burkett. We will meet at 7pm in the classroom, have a 15 minute sit and then read and listen together, breaking for discussion as appropriate. The meeting will last until 8:15 pm. All are welcome! • What to bring • Important to know

Beginner's Meditation (Zazen) Instruction

Austin Zen Center

Come to Beginner's Meditation (zazen) Instruction this Saturday from 8-9am... ...and then join us at the Austin Zen Center for drop in meditation periods every day of the week, at multiple times per day! Please note the times and be in your seat and settled by the start of the meditation period. Austin Zen Center Weekly Meditation Schedule Informal Monday (no services) 06:00am – Informal Zazen (seated meditation) 06:35am – Kinhin (walking meditation) 06:45am – Informal Zazen 12:00pm – Informal Zazen 12:30pm – Short Break 12:35pm – Informal Zazen 01:00pm – End Informal Zazen 05:40pm – Informal Zazen Tuesday through Friday: Morning Program 06:00am – Zazen 06:35am – Kinhin 06:45am – Zazen 07:20am – Service 07:30am – Soji (Temple Cleaning) Midday Program 12:00pm – Informal Zazen 12:30pm – Short Break 12:35pm – Informal Zazen 01:00pm – Midday program ends Evening Program (No evening program on Fridays) 05:40pm – Zazen 06:15pm – Service 06:25pm – Evening program ends On Weekends: Saturday 08:00am – Zazen (Upstairs Classroom) 08:00am – Beginner’s Meditation Instruction 09:15am – Zazen 10:15am – Dharma Talk 11:15am – Tea & Cookies Sunday 8:00am – Informal Zazen 8:35am – Kinhin 8:45am – Informal Zazen 9:20am – End of program May all beings find peace, ease, and the end of suffering!

Past events (435)

Sunday Work-Practice in the Garden

Austin Zen Center

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