Teachers & Practice Leaders

Zen is not about anything. It is the practice of being present right here, right now. It is learning to meet everything that arises with an open mind and a forgiving heart. To do this, a serious student can benefit from the experienced guidance, encouragement, and presence of the teacher. Our teachers and practice leaders are available to meet with students to discuss their practice life.

Kosho McCall, Teacher and Head Priest

KoshoKosho McCall is Teacher and Head Priest of Austin Zen Center. Originally from Maine, Kosho practiced at San Francisco Zen Center for 20 years. He trained for 12 of those years at Tassajara Zen Mountain monastery where he became Head of Monastic Practice. Kosho received Dharma Transmission (authorization to teach) from Zenkei Hartman Roshi in 2003 and became Teacher at Austin Zen Center in May of 2009.

Mako Voelkel

MakoUnzan Mako Voelkel has been practicing at San Francisco Zen Center since 1997. In 2002, she ended a teaching position in Philosophy at the City College of San Francisco to become a full time resident at Tassajara. Ordained by Ryushin Paul Haller in 2004 and Shuso (Head Monk) at Tassajara in 2009, where she was for several years the Director. Mako is available for practice discussion at mako@austinzencenter.org.

Graham Ross

GrahamUnzan Graham Ross has been practicing residentially at Tassajara since 2004. He was ordained by Ryushin Paul Haller in 2007 and was Shuso (Head Monk) in 2010. His latest job was Ino (Head of the Meditation Hall). Before going to Tassajara Graham received a 1st degree black belt in the Saito Sensei lineage of Aikido in 2002. Graham is available for practice discussion at graham@austinzencenter.org.

Glenn Noblin

Glenn NoblinGlenn Noblin is a retired ordained United Methodist minister and licensed clinical social worker. He has had a lively interest in Zen since 1967 when he was first introduced to it in a college course. Glenn started practicing at the Austin Zen Center in 2006. Before this he had practiced at the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas for 10 years. He has served as a member of the AZC Board of Directors. Glenn received Dharma Entrustment as a lay teacher in 2012. Glenn can be contacted at ganoblin@gmail.com.

Practice Leadership at AZC

The role of a Practice Leader is to be available to help you with issues associated with your Zen practice. The qualifications for being a Practice Leader at AZC are having practiced Zen for many years, having been Shuso (Head Student) for a Practice Period, and a close relationship with the Teacher.

Betty Holmes

Betty HolmesBetty Holmes has studied and trained for the past sixteen years with Lama Surya Das and Lama John Makransky as well as H.H. Drukchen Rinpoche and Lama Willa Miller in practices of Wisdom and Compassion from the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition. She is also a longtime student of Tenshin Reb Anderson of the San Francisco Zen Center and a member of the Austin Zen Center. She received her master's degree in counseling from St. Edward's University and is trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy, Hakomi Loving Presence and Gottman Method Couple's Therapy.

Pat Yingst

Pat YingstPat Yingst began practicing Zen meditation in 1988 and has been a member of Austin Zen Center since its inception. She has seven years experience teaching meditation in prisons and is active in the Austin intra-Buddhist prison volunteer organization, Inside Meditation. For two years, she served as office manager/bookkeeper for the center in 2005-2006. She was co-editor of AZC's journal, Just This, for its first five years. Pat has served on the AZC Board of Directors. Pat can be contacted at PatYingst@gmail.com


Dharma Talks


Koji Dreher, March 14, 2015,
Roles and Rules for What?

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Mountain Seat Ceremony

KesuThe Austin Zen Center will be closed on April 11 2015 except for those on our Guest List!

Currently we are happy to be in the midst of the preparations for our upcoming Shin San Shiki Mountain Seat Ceremony. It is a delight to be with the Sangha at this time of great effort. Learn More ...


New Beginnings

Elizabeth Law

Our online magazine, JustThis, is now an active, alive blog rather than a magazine which comes out in issues. We post pieces as they come in to encourage conversation and interaction between the readers and the writers.

We use the Tuesday night Zen Writing group as the source of many of the postings. As well, we welcome other submissions for consideration.

Visit the JustThis writers and artists in their endeavors.