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. On Wednesday November 4, 2015 the ICZC Board voted that the Rev. Dainei Page Appelbaum become Head Priest of the ICZC.
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, its primary focus, as well as classes and special events. All are welcome to attend and there is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.
From December 1st to 8th, 2015 with a special Sunday, December 6th celebration, the Iowa City Zen Center will be celebrating Rohatsu in commemoration of the attainment of Buddha's Enlightenment. Here is information on Rohatsu.
On Saturday January 9, 2016 Shoken, the Abbot of Ryumonji Zen Monastery will lead a zazenkai (intensive one day meditation) at the Iowa City Zen Center. Here is More Information.