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. After a favorable vote by the ICZC Board, on January 9, 2016 a Mountain Seat Ceremony was held and Rev. Dainei Page Appelbaum installed as 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.
On Sunday April 10, 2016 the Iowa City Zen Center will celebrate Buddha's Birthday. Zazen at 9 am followed by a special service at 9:40 am with bathing of the baby Buddha and flower tossing and vegetarian brunch at 10am.