Since March 12, 2020, due to the presence of COVID-19 in our community, the Iowa City Zen Center Board has substituted Zoom for in person sittings and services. Zoom participation can be arranged by e-mailing us at We also encourage the Sangha to continue the practice of Soto Zen Buddhism in our homes and in our lives.

Sunday morning sittings, Tuesday evening classes, and as of September 2020 daily morning services occur over “Zoom”. Updates to the schedule will be given on the Home or Welcome page, on the Tuesday Class page, and below.

We will continue to assess the opportunity to offer our Center for the public practice of Zen. Please visit the website for updates.

  • Monday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 6:00 am CDT
  • Tuesday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 6:00 am CDT
    Wednesday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 6:00 am CDT
  • Thursday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 6:00 am CDT
    Friday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 6:00 am CDT
  • Saturday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 6:00 am CDT
  • Sunday Zazen-Sitting Meditation 9:00 am CDT

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. 


The first Sunday of each month is nikai zazen, a double sit: (This is currently suspended.)

  • First zazen (sitting meditation) is from 8:10-8:50 am.  Suspended
  • Kinhin (walking meditation) is from 8:50-9:00 am  Suspended
  • Second zazen is from 9:00-9:40 am.

The session concludes with a short chanting service and online “tea”. (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.) 


Classes in Soto Zen Buddhism take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM Central Time USA. They include a group discussion and a period of meditation. Recently (July 2022) the group is reading” Living by Vow” by the Soto Zen master Shohaku Okumura. The class is offered currently via Zoom meeting. New participants are welcome to join us at any time! For current information and how to join the class, visit Tuesday Class page on this website.

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

Board Meeting

The Iowa City Zen Center Board meets every month on the second Wednesday of the month from 6-7 pm. All members of the sangha are welcome to attend.  If you are a Sangha member and wish to observe via Zoom, please e-mail to request Zoom contact information for the meeting.

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