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 may add other 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 below.
We will continue to assess the opportunity to offer our Center for the public practice of Zen. Please visit the Iowa CityZenCenter.org website for updates.
- 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
- 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.
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.
PLEASE NOTE, FROM JUNE 23 TO AUGUST 2, WE WILL MEET AT 5:20 PM TO SIT AT 5:30 PM, THEN RECITE THE FUKANZAZENGI, THEN AT 7:00 PM AFTER A BRIEF BREAK FOR FOOD AND CONVERSATION, RESUME WITH DISCUSSION OF THE BOOK. AFTER AUGUST 2 WE WILL RESUME THE FORMER SCHEDULE.
Classes in Soto Zen Buddhism take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30. They include a group discussion and a period of meditation. Beginning in March 2020, the group has begun reading “You Have to Say Something” 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.
For more information on weekly meditation, Double Sit Sundays and Buddhist classes contact the Iowa City Zen Center.
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.