UPDATE: Announcement – Virtual Practice Zazen – March 21

We find ourselves in an unprecedented time and must do our best to support and uplift each other. The Des Moines Zen Center teachers and the board have closely followed the trends in the outbreak and have indicated that there will be a period of time where practice within the Des Moines Zen Center building will not be possible. We have been in communication and have considered different options to carry forward our practice online during the duration of this crisis. We want to thank everyone who has offered us assistance in this process.

We have decided to move forward using a virtual format via the Internet so that the sangha can practice from their own homes. Zoom is the virtual format the DMZC will use for seated meditation and study groups. We plan to conduct the virtual events from our homes because of the social distancing recommendations.

We are planning the following Zoom virtual events until it is safe to practice at the Zen Center.


7:50 am Zoom session begins
7:55 am Strike the Hon
8:00 am Zazen
8:40 am Chant Verse of the Kesa, the Maha Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra (Heart Sutra), Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo
8:50 am Dharma talk includes chanting of the opening and closing the sutra, as well as the Four Bodhisattva vows.  


5:50 pm Zoom session begins
5:55 pm Strike the Hon
6:00 pm Zazen
6:50 pm Zen study group – Chris Genyu Spinler will start the March discussion group next Wednesday evening (3/25) using the same Zoom session as 6pm zazen.

We also plan to start making past dharma talks available on our website for those interested.

To make it easy to participate, we have created a new section on our website at dmzencenter.org/virtual-practice/ to highlight the virtual practice schedule and resources. [Note the new menu at the left end of the menus.] By visiting this page, attendees can access links to Zoom, including meeting IDs and passwords. We will do our best to make the process user friendly and communicate any important updates. The new section also includes access to our chant book so that everyone can participate in the chanting.

We hope you will be able to join us.