Welcome to the Des Moines Zen Center

shoesFollowing 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. New to the Zen Center? Peruse our website, attend a class or come to some of our activities.


cushionsIf 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 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Attendance of the introduction class is free and not required to attend other activities at the center. If you have questions, feel free to email info@dmzencenter.org.



Calligraphy Class Series II

Sundays, 10:00 – 11:30    March 1& 8.
Learn the fundamentals of brush writing with sumi on rice paper including body mechanics and the relationship of calligraphy with Zen. All materials will be provided. Suggested donations $25 per class (50% of the donations will support the operating expenses of the Center and 50% will support Daishin in pursuing his life-work of sharing Dharma). Registrations need to be received 2 days prior to each class. Click here to register for one or more of the classes.