Welcome to the Des Moines Zen Center

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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.

 

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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 recent 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 
Comparison Project Meet My Religious Neighbor. Des Moines Zen Center will host the  next Meet My Religious Neighbor open house on November 4.  We are located at 6901 SW 14th Street in Des Moines. From 1:00 – 3:00 pm, the Zen Center will hold an open house during which guests can tour our new facility, meet members of our community, and learn how we practice Zen Buddhism at the DMZC. At 3:00 pm, there will then be a guest lecture by David Loy, a celebrated professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism.