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 growing and supportive Buddhist community. All are welcome.  We have weekly meditation times, dharma talks, discussion groups, potlucks and retreats. All are welcome and invited to attend. We are located at 6901 SW 14th in Des Moines, Iowa.


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 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

Thanksgiving Day Zazen: November 28th at 8:00 a.m., followed by morning service.

Rohatsu Sesshin, December 2nd- December 7th

The sesshin will end with a zazenkai on Saturday; you will need to register in advance, and we encourage full-day participation. You may sign up online or in the basement of the Zen Center. Please see the schedule below:


Lay Entrustment Ordination: December 8th. The lay entrustment ordination ceremony for Vicki Joren Goldsmith and Tina Yudo Thornberry will take place on this date following the normal morning service.