March 12, 2020. Due to the presence of COVID-19 in our community, the Iowa City Zen Center Board has suspended 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.

We have established ways to share Sunday morning sittings, Tuesday evening classes, and have added as of September 2020 daily morning services through the use of the online platform “Zoom”. Updates will be given on the Home or Welcome page, and on the Tuesday Class page.

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

  • 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 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. 


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 (October 2021) the group is finishing “Every Moment is the Universe” by the late Soto Zen master Dainin Katagiri. 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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