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.

Dainin Katagiri
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.


Masking at the Des Moines Zen Center is optional, left to the comfort level of each person.  If you are not fully vaccinated and wish to attend in-person, we hope that you will accept responsibility for your health and the health of others and wear a mask.  If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, we request that you join us virtually via Zoom rather than in-person.