Information about the services for Zuiko can be found here

doshin We are delighted to share the news that this Sunday (May 5th) Doshin Diana Johnson will begin as Interim Practice Director at the Cedar Rapids Zen Center, where she will serve for the next six months. Doshin is a Kokusaifukyoshi (International Zen Teacher of the Sotoshu in North America). She currently serves as Assistant Minister at Sozenji Buddhist Temple in Montebello, CA. In addition to training with her teacher, Gyokei Yokoyama Sensei, she has been mentored by Shumyo Kojima Sensei, head priest of Zenshuji Soto Mission in Los Angeles, and Seido Suzuki Roshi, abbot of Toshoji Senmon Sodo Monastery in Okayama, Japan. Doshin has also had  professional  chaplaincy intern and residency positions, serving in neonatal intensive care, oncology, and mental health units at PIH Hospital in Whittier and the Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla.  Doshin brings a treasury of wisdom, experience, and compassion with her, and we are so grateful that she has chosen to serve our temple and our sangha during this time of transition. 

Durng her six months as Interim Practice Director Doshin will provide spiritual care, practice leadership, and help with program development at the center. She will also be available to carry out dharma activities in the larger community. Finally, Doshin and the Board of Directors will work together to recruit and select a permanent resident teacher to take over at the end of her tenure as Interim Practice Director (if desired, Doshin will be able to apply as a candidate as well.)

Upcoming Events

Monday Night dharma discussion 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm –on Zoom – email us for the link

May 15 –Introduction to Zazen–7:30-9:00 pm– hybrid – please register

May 25 – Hoji for Zuiko Redding. 4 pm at  Prairiewoods in Hiwatha, IA.  At 7 pm we will bury the ashes at the Zen Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. Click here for details

Weekend Activities

Sunday zazen – by Zoom

9:00 –  9:40 sitting
9:45 – 10:15 dharma talk
10:15 – 11:00 check in and discussion

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CEDAR RAPIDS ZEN CENTER 1618 Bever Avenue SE Cedar Rapids, IA