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

Please note that the Des Moines Zen Center has moved to a new location on the south side of Des Moines at 6901 SW 14th Street. We are located five blocks south of Army Post Road on SW 14th Street between Rittenhouse Street and Johnson Street in the former Church of God of Prophecy building.


Upcoming Event: Please join us on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at 9:00 am after meditation and service as Iowa poet, Bob Tremmel, will read from his new book of Zen poems, The Records of Kosho the Toad, published by Bottom Dog Press, Inc. Some of the poems are based on the Blue Cliff Record, a collection of Zen Buddhist koans compiled in China in the 12th century. A book sale and signing will follow. There will be books available for purchase while quantities last with proceeds going to the Des Moines Zen Center.