The purpose of human life is just to plant good seeds day by day. That’s enough. If we do this, we create human culture; we can leave a wonderful culture, not only for us and for the people around us but for people from generation to generation.
Japanese Founder of Des Moines Zen Center Lineage
The purpose of the Zen Center is to provide a place where people can examine their lives, their intentions, their relationship to the world. The ultimate solution to the problems facing our world is a foundational change in each of our individual lives, a change in our attitude, facing our own greed, anger, and delusion and converting these into generosity, lovingkindness, and wisdom. The Zen Center provides a place where this transformation can be practiced, taught, and supported.
Eido Espe, Head Teacher
Des Moines Zen Center
The Des Moines Zen Center (DMZC) is committed to inclusivity and diversity and welcomes people from all walks of life, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and religions. The practice of sitting quietly with yourself, surrounded and supported by others doing the same, can benefit everyone.
Due to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, practice at DMZC continues to be limited to virtual practice via Zoom. Please see our Virtual Practice page for schedule and Zoom information.
Intro to Zen Class
DMZC offers an Intro to Zen class monthly on the third Tuesday of the month. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the class will be virtual via Zoom. See the Virtual Practice page for time and Zoom information. We also offer a recorded Intro to Zen talk that can be listened to at any time. Check it out on our Practice page.
Newcomer Orientation Video