Welcome to Iowa City’s Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center

We are a home for meditation, the cultivation of compassion and community. We are dedicated to providing a place of refuge, tranquility and the philosophical teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. The center is under the spiritual direction of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche who is one of the most revered teachers in the Drikung Kagyu tradition and famous for his vast realization, attainment, and great compassion. Everyone is welcome at the center.  All that’s required is your wise and open heart.




NEW DHARMA PRACTICE – on Tuesday evenings at 7pm

On Tuesday evenings we will have a guided meditation that will lead you through an opening to loving kindness and compassion for ourselves and all beings. The meditation uses mantra, visualization and mindfulness. No previous experience needed to attend.  We will answer questions and discuss elements of the practice as needed.  In February we will practice Green Tara meditation.


We have added a new page to this website called Explorations.  Each month we will offer a series of links to teachings and practices from all Buddhist traditions – and we are able to receive teachings in a way never possible before.  There are thousands of wonderful teachings online in many different traditions. These are just a few by teachers we love. 

If you have a suggestion about a teaching you really like or are intrigued by send it along to: sangha@milarepaiowa.org

New Location:

The Dharma Center is located on the second floor of the Paul-Helen Building at 209 East Washington Street (Suite 200) in downtown Iowa City. The entrance to the building faces the Dubuque Street pedestrian mall. There is an elevator that opens  directly to our doorway. The building and the center are accessible to individuals with mobility difficulties.



Iowa City’s downtown streets have limited metered parking. Parking is also available in three ramps with entrances from Dubuque and Linn Streets (Sheraton Hotel), Clinton and Capitol Streets (Old Capitol Center), and Iowa Avenue (Clock Tower Place).


Please do not attend if you are feeling ill or know that you have been exposed to a contagious disease.


Garchen Mila Buddhist Center continues the 2600-year-old Buddhist tradition of providing the teachings freely to all who are interested. We have no paid staff and the center is run entirely by volunteers. We are able to offer meditation without charge to the public due to the generosity of our members. If you begin coming to the center regularly, please become a member to support our programs. If you come once in a while please consider making a small donation for that day.

To send membership by mail please send checks to:
P.O. Box 5352, Coralville IA 52241
Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa