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Regular Weekly Meditation Schedule
Double Sit Sundays
Special Events


Monday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 6:20 am

Tuesday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 6:20 am

Wednesday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 6:20 am

Thursday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 6:20 am 7:00 pm

Friday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 6:20am

Sunday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 9:00am

To avoid disturbing meditation, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of zazen. There is a short service after each period of zazen. All are welcome to attend zazen and there is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.

During Rohatsu, December 1st through December 8 inclusive, 2018, the regular morning sitting schedule will apply, that is a 6:20 AM sitting (6:10 arrival encouraged) followed by a brief service.

In addition, on those dates there will be an evening sitting at 7:00 PM, followed by the chanting the Fukanzazengi. We will also have a Vegetarian Potluck at 6 PM Saturday December 2, and on Sunday December 3 a Jukai service will begin at 9AM,after the morning sitting. More information is given under Special Events.


The first Sunday of each month is nikai zazen, a double sit:
  • First zazen (sitting meditation) is from 8:10-8:50 am.
  • Kinhin (walking meditation) is from 8:50-9:00 am
  • Second zazen is from 9:00-9:40 am.
The session will then be concluded with a short chanting service. It is fine to just come for the second zazen, please enter the Zen Center quietly during kinhin and then take a seat in the sodo (meditation hall) at 9:00 am when kinhin ends and before the second period of zazen.


ICZC Head Priest Dainei Page Appelbaum will teach Tuesday Night Classes on Zen.
The Class will focus on the book "Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara, a Practitioner's Guide" by Ben Connelly. Class begins at 6:30pm. At 7:15pm, Zen Meditation follows, and from 7:15 to 7:45pm there is further discussion.

For more information on weekly meditation, Double Sit Sundays and Buddhist classes Contact the Iowa City Zen Center.

SPECIAL EVENTS - Rohatsu 2018

Welcome to the Iowa City Zen Center for the 2017 Rohatsu Observance, December 1 through 8.

Rohatsu commemorates the day the Buddha attained Enlightenment as the new day appeared. He continued to sit for another seven days prior to setting the Dharma Wheel in motion. From December 1st to December 8th, please come celebrate and meditate with us as you can. Though not completely silent, we will maintain an atmosphere of quiet. The schedule will be Mornings at 6:20 AM to 7:00 AM followed by a brief service, and Evenings at 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM, followed by brief chant.

On Saturday, December 2nd, at 6 PM, there will be a Vegetarian Potluck to which all Sanghas are invited. On Sunday, December 3, the usual double sit will be followed by a Jukai Service. Please feel free to arrive for either double or single sit, or at 9 AM for Jukai only.

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Please Contact the Iowa City Zenter Center for more information.