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 small 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 templeRohatsu Sesshin – December 5 to 11 – Come celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment at the Des Moines Zen Center during our Rohatsu sesshin from Monday, December 5 to Sunday, December 11. Follow the regular schedule for Wednesday evening sit and potluck and Sunday morning sit and dharma talk. Click here for a daily schedule. Email info@dmzencenter.org to sign up for oryoki meals.