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About Appamada

Appamada began as a small Zen sitting group in 1995. It has grown over the years into a vibrant center that offers daily meditation, weekly inquiry, classes, intensives, and individual instruction. We are located in the heart of Austin at 913 East 38th Street. Our two senior resident teachers are Peg Syverson and Flint Sparks. We are a registered 501 C (3) nonprofit.

Appamada is a Pali word that means mindful, active care. According to the earliest recorded teachings of the Buddha, it was a common theme in his teaching and the last word that he used, encouraging his followers to fare forward with appamada—with energetic care. He often compared appamada to an elephant's footprint, which is so large that it can contain the footprint of all the other animals. In the same way, the Buddha said, appamada—mindful, clear care—contains the heart of all of his teachings.

We have adopted this name for our community of practice and inquiry because it reflects not only our aspiration as teachers, but our sense of the community as a whole, and its contribution in the world. Our practice follows the tradition of the American Zen teacher Joko Beck. In our teaching we draw on the formal Zen teachings and tradition we were trained in, as well as other Buddhist teachings and contemporary work in psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, language, the sciences of complexity and ecosystems, the arts, and philosophy.

Zazen—meditation in silence and stillness—and shared inquiry are at the heart of everything we do, and everything we teach. Through your participation and sincere practice you help create this community for deep inquiry into our lives and the timeless wisdom and compassion of the Buddha. This realization permeates the world through our everyday actions, words, and thoughts. Our community is connected not by ritual, dogma, or obligation, but by our aspiration and mutual care. Together we cultivate this dynamic process of waking up and growing up. This is our offering to a troubled world.

Newcomers are welcome!

Contact us

Phone: 512.689.5301

Our Schedule

Welcome! These programs are open for everyone.

Monday—Friday 6:30-7:30 AM
Morning Zazen

Sunday 8:00-11:00 AM
Zazen, service, and dharma talk

Sunday 8:00-9:00 AM
Newcomer orientation

Tuesday 12:30-1:30 PM

Wednesday 7:30-8:45 PM
Wednesday evening program

More activities can be found on the Appamada Calendar

Ethics and Grievance Policy

Our Location

913 East 38th St
Austin, TX 78705 (Map)

Affiliated Sanghas

About Parking

Please be mindful of our neighbors. Additional Parking is available in the Cafe Hornitos parking lot at the corner of 38th St. and the I-35 frontage road, one block east of Appamada.