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 and invited to attend. We are located at 6901 SW 14th in Des Moines, Iowa.


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.

Be sure to check out pictures from the Des Moines Zen Center temple dedication held on May 27, 2018. Shoken Winecoff Roshi, the abbot at Ryumonji Zen Monastery in Dorchester, Iowa offered an invocation at the ceremony.
Temple Dedication Ceremony slide show

Upcoming Events

Work Day at the Zen Center – Saturday, February 1 from 9 am to Noon. You are free to come and go as fits in your schedule, and we would appreciate any amount of time you’d be willing to share with us. We will focus on cleaning the Zendo, downstairs commons area, as well as painting and touching up. We hope you’ll join us!