Welcome To Ryumonji

Ryumonji is a Soto Zen Buddhist temple located in the beautiful rolling hills of northeast Iowa. Forty acres of land were donated in 2000 for establishing a monastery. A vibrant community of lay and ordained members, that extends over much of the country, has transformed the farmstead into a traditional Soto Zen training monastery. The buildings were constructed in accordance with standards passed down from the time of Zen in China. The land and the temple buildings reflect the spirit of “peaceful dwelling”. There are numerous practice opportunities for both lay and ordained people. We welcome anyone interested in learning about the teachings of the Buddha. There are public meditation sessions offered every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. and every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. Orientation can be given before these sittings if you are new to Ryumonji. There are monthly weekend retreats (Sesshins) . There are also extended practice periods in summer and winter (Ango). Please see the yearly calendar for dates.

Upcoming Events

  • Events on April 24, 2014
    Zazen - sitting meditation
    From: 7:30 pm to 8:10 pm
    Details here:
    For orientation to zazen, please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Events on April 27, 2014
    Zazen sitting meditation
    From: 9:00 am to 9:40 am
    Details here:
    If you need zazen instruction, arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Events on May 1, 2014
    Zazen - sitting meditation
    From: 7:30 pm to 8:10 pm
    Details here:
    For orientation to zazen, please arrive 15 minutes early.


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