Welcome to the Des Moines Zen Center

Following the Soto Zen Buddhist principles, the center offers a quiet place to sit in the company of a growing and supportive Buddhist community. All are welcome.  We have weekly meditation times, dharma talks, discussion groups, potlucks and retreats. All are welcome.


If you have never practiced Zen, take our introduction class. We will instruct you on the fundamentals of meditation and Zen practice on the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Attendance of the introduction class is free and not required to attend other activities at the center. Questions? Email us – info@dmzencenter.org.


Kyoto temple

The Des Moines Zen Center will be closed for the first couple of weeks of January in order to move and make updates to our new home on the south side of Des Moines. See January dates below for our schedule. We will have more space and will begin offering programs for children. We have some basic needs to make that happen. Let us know if you can help.


Our new address is:
6901 SW 14th Street
Des Moines, Iowa

January Dates:
1-1             Zazen and Morning Service. 8 am. Old Location.
1-3             Zen Center closed.  No zazen. No potluck.
1-6             Moving Day.  Volunteers needed at New Location. 3  – 7 pm.
1-7             Work Practice, 9 am – 12 pm, New Location. No zazen.
1-10           Zen Center closed.  No zazen. No discussion group.
1-14           Work Practice, 9 am – 12 pm, New Location. No zazen.
1-16           Introduction to Zen Class.  7 pm.  New Location.
1-17           Zazen.  6 pm. First zazen at New Location.
1-21           7:10 am zazen, 8:00 am zazen, and morning service. Dharma talk following service.
1-24           Zazen. 6 pm.
1-28           7:10 am zazen, 8:00 am zazen, and morning service. Dharma talk following service.
1-31           Zazen. 6 pm.