SPECIAL NOTICE: Zoom activities on pause since 10 August 2020 storm have now resumed, including the Sunday Morning sitting at 8:50, 9:00 AM CDT and the Tuesday evening class at 6:20, 6:30 PM CDT. We are also holding 6:20, 6:30 AM sittings and service all other days.

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.

March 12, 2020. Due to the presence of COVID-19 in our community, the Iowa City Zen Center Board has suspended in person sittings and services at this location. We encourage the Sangha to continue the practice of Soto Zen Buddhism in our homes and in our lives. As soon as is possible, we will announce the date and details of plans for reopening to sit together in person again. Until then we are sitting via Zoom meeting.

Please see below for details of online sittings. Resources for practice at home are available under the Resource tab in this website’s header above. These include information on the arrangement and use of a home altar, texts of several Sutras, Ekos, Chants, and Verses. The Dai Hai Shin Dharani, the Kanzeon (related to intentions toward the ailing, including ourselves) and instructions for the Idaten, a service said at the entry altars of a place of practice, are all included.

March 27, 2020, updated on August 22, 2020

Dear Friends and Sangha members of the Iowa City Zen Center,
We have taken steps to enable remote participation in sittings, services, and our Tuesday evening Class through the Zoom platform. Dainei Page Appelbaum can host meetings on the platform Zoom.  Please contact iowacityzencenter@gmail.com to participate in these sittings, or see further information below.

Our activities are all offered free of charge. The practice of dana, or generosity, is most welcome at any time. Our costs continue even when we cannot sit in person in the Center. Donations may be addressed to the Iowa City Zen Center, 1025 Fairchild St, Iowa CIty, IA, 52440. Dainei’s ongoing efforts may also be directly supported by contacting her (see below).

 Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM we are now reading and discussing via Zoom Katagiri Roshi’s  book “You Have to Say Something”. We gather at about 6:20 CDT Tuesdays for a 40 minute sitting, recite the Funkanzazengi (Eihei Dogen Zenji’s instructions for Zazen at his first monastery), and the read an discuss one or more of his Dharma talks from the book.

Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM CDT Dainei is now hosting a Zoom meeting including Zazen for 40 minutes, then the Metta Sutra and Eko, to recreate remotely much of the Sunday Morning sitting. Please check in about 10 minutes before 9:00 AM to allow us to settle before sitting.

Weekdays at 6:30 AM CDT Dainei has now organized morning services Monday through Saturday. We gather at about 6:20 AM CDT, sit at 6:30 AM, have service at 7:20 AM each day. We sit for 40 minute, followed each day by a Sutra service beginning at 7:10 AM for about 15 minutes.  

If you wish to participate in any of these Zoom meetings, please contact Dainei by phone or text or email her. If you email, please include a copy to iowacityzencenter@gmail.com, since we distribute meeting invitations to the group Class or any Services you may wish to add to your practice. Invitations will come as emails citing a Zoom room address and soon also a required password.

Dainei  can be reached at:
madametealady@gmail.com or via text or telephone at 319 331 4261.

Dainei wishes to make known to the Sangha that she can respond to requests for Zen Buddhist chants or services. These may include the Kanzeon to express intention for healing or safety of those ill or otherwise distressed, the Dai Hai Shin Dharani, or others as appropriate. She is also able to perform Buddhist funerals and other services.