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 small and supportive Buddhist community. All are welcome.  We have weekly meditation times, dharma talks, discussion groups, potlucks and retreats. All are welcome.


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.


Kyoto temple

On November 24, 2017 the board of directors of the Des Moines Zen Center approved the purchase of a building located at 6901 SW 14th on Des Moines’ south side as the new home of the Zen Center.  The goal is to close on this building by December 29.  This purchase will be the culmination of over a year’s worth of effort by the entire sangha.