Head Teacher Biography

Eido EspeRev. Eido Bruce Espe is the resident priest at the Des Moines Zen Center. He is also Vice-Abbot of Ryumonji Zen Monastery in Dorchester, Iowa.

Eido was born and raised in a small town in central Iowa. He discovered Zen after serving in the Army and a tour of duty in Vietnam. Married with two grown children and two grandchildren, he resides in Ames with his wife Judy, a pediatric intensive care physician. Retired from a career as a hospice nurse, he now devotes his time to his practice as a priest.

Eido is a Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Dainin Katagiri Roshi. In 1997, Eido received ordination. In 2010, he received Dharma transmission from his teacher Shoken Winecoff and completed zuise at Eiheiji Monastery and Sojiji Monastery in Japan.