Welcome to the Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa!

The Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa is a community for Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Dharma Study.  Our center is  a home for all levels of practice with classes for beginners, families, and those interested in deeper study of the Buddha’s teachings. At Milarepa Buddhist Center we draw upon the expertise and abilities of a wide variety of teachers and traditions. In this way it is our intention to promote inquiry and discussion on important topics in Buddhist thought and their relevance to contemporary life.


Understanding Buddhism Class

Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm

In this class you will deepen awareness in the thought, practice and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. This spring David continue teaching an introductory course on Vajrayana Buddhism using Chogyum Trungpa’s book Milarepa: Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi as a guide.

*no class June 19


Meditation Class

Wednesdays, 7:00–9:00pm


Join us for teaching, discussion, and meditation!  Currently, Tim is teaching from Pema Chodron’s book Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living.  We will have copies of the book available at the Dharma Center. Please feel free to join this class at any time!


Community Meditation

Sundays, 4:00-5:00pm


This is a beautiful meditation for compassion training. On Sunday afternoons we will meditate together using a guided OM AH HUNG practice. This is an introductory practice in purification and compassion training to create a foundation for other tantric meditation practices.

*no practice June 18


Medicine Buddha Meditation

Sundays, 5:15-6:15pm


Join us in this healing meditation. Beginners and experienced meditators will benefit from this practice.  The aim of this meditation is to create the causes and conditions for the healing of body, speech and mind – for ourselves and all sentient beings.

*no practice June 18



Milarepa Buddhist center has been open since October of 2016. During the past 7 months we have offered the Iowa City community 2 weekly classes on Buddhist philosophy and meditation. In addition, we hold meditation practice every Sunday afternoon at the center. We are also very happy to have been able to offered 3 visits from Tibetan Buddhist teachers during this time.

Our plans for next fall include an expanded teaching schedule including a Beginning Buddhism class with Ellen Marie and Naomi. We also plan to host 4 lama visits next year staring in September.

All of this has been made possible because of the donations of a small group of donors and one very generous benefactor. Now we are turning to you, the community to ask your help in making the Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa a reality for years to come.

In order to continue offering our activities, we need to have active involvement by all those who value having a Tibetan Buddhist Center in Iowa City.  In order to meet our monthly expenses of slightly more than $1000 per month, we ask that you either make regular donations, or become a member of the Center.

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