Buddhist Sangha
Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Zen Center
The Cedar Rapids Zen Center is an independent Zen community affiliated with the Japanese Soto Zen school.

Iowa City Zen Center
The Iowa City Zen Center is an independent Zen community affiliated with the Japanese Soto Zen school.

Pure Land of Iowa
We are here to help all people find inner peace and improve the quality of their lives.

Ryumonji Zen Monastery
Ryumonji is a Soto Zen Buddhist temple located in the beautiful rolling hills of northeast Iowa.

Saraswati Bhawan
Saraswati Bhawan was founded by Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche and is dedicated to the practice and preservation of the ancient Buddhist Tantric tradition as held by the Nyingma sect of Tibet.

Winding Path Sangha of Iowa City
Our Sangha (or “community”) of lay practitioners follows the tradition of Vietnamese Buddhist teacher and peacemaker Thích Nhất Hạnh, who says there is no path to peace; peace is the path.



DK Dharma Circle of Madison Madison, Wisconsin

Drikung Seattle Seattle, Washington

Drikung Rinchen Choling Los Angelos, California

Drikung Jamtse Choling Retreat Center Colorado

Drikung Dharma Surya Virginia

Drong Ngur Jangchubling Tampa, Forida

Gar Drolma Dayton, Ohio

White Lotus Buddhist Center Rochester, New York


In general, the main point to be established by all the tenets is the ultimate nature of phenomena. As the Prajnaparamita Sutra states:

The dharmata is not an object of knowledge; It cannot be understood by the conceptual mind.

In addition, Ngok Lotsawa, who is considered the crown jewel of Tibetan intellectuals, agrees with this understanding when he says:

The ultimate truth is not only beyond the dimension of language and expression, it is beyond intellectual understanding.

So, the ultimate nature cannot be established by the samsaric mind, no matter how deep that mind may be.

~Jamgön Kongtrul