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.
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) as well as classes and special events. All are welcome to attend and there is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.
SPECIAL EVENT: We observe Rohatsu, celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment, each year from December 1st to 8th. During Rohatsu in 2019, Rev. Dainei Appelbaum, a Soto Zen Priest, will teach an introductory Class in Buddhism daily from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. We will also hold twice daily sittings: Mornings on our usual AM schedule and Evenings at 7:00 PM. At 10:00 AM Saturday December 7th, Dainei will perform a Jukai ceremony in which Soto Zen practitioners receive the Precepts, following the AM sitting. A vegetarian potluck will follow this ceremony. Please see our Schedule page for further details.
SPECIAL EVENT: We anticipate that Rev. Shoken Winecoff, Abbot of Ryumonji Soto Zen Monastery, will visit Iowa City Zen Center on January 11, 2020. He will present a public Dharma Talk at 10 AM on that date as part of our celebration of his visit. Details to follow when available on the Schedule page.