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.


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Future Location Committee (FLC) Practice Space Report 2/24/17
Commissioned by the DMZC Board, this document seeks to define and help organize thoughts on what is possible in a future space. It is the result of workshops involving the sangha and led by the FLC. The results help us recognize the importance that space plays in the Zen Center and serves to address the needs of a growing sangha.