The Iowa City Zen Center is an independent Zen community affiliated with the Japanese Soto Zen school, following the guidance of Abbot Shoken Winecoff, the founder of Ryumonji Zen Monastery in the Midwest Zen lineage of Dainin Katagiri. After a favorable vote by the ICZC Board, on January 9, 2016 a Mountain Seat Ceremony was held and Rev. Dainei Page Appelbaum installed as Head Priest of the ICZC.
Founded in 1976 by Steve Fox and others, the Iowa City Zen Center is located at 1025 Fairchild Street in the historic Goosetown neighborhood of Iowa City. Here is a location map & contact information. The Zen Center has a Schedule for zazen, sitting meditation, its primary focus, as well as classes and special events. All are welcome to attend and there is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.
Poetry Reading as part of the Festival of the Book: At 10 AM on October 15th, 2017, Joe Kyugen Michaud will read from his new book, Prairie Wind, Nature Poems with a Zen Flavor. The reading will take place at the Iowa City Zen Center, 1025 Fairchild St, and is open to all. The Center will also be open as usual for the Sunday Morning Sitting.