Chicago Zen Buddhist Temple
Today's Zen Buddhist Temple building began in 1915 as a Freemason's temple, so as a structure it's come full circle. It's a temple once again. Purchased in 1992 as a rundown Pentecostal church, it took two years of almost-entirely volunteer labor to become the modern building it is. For stories, click here. Now the temple provides:
- Public services and meditation courses
- A community for fellowship and support
- A seminary, monastery and training center
Public services are Sundays at 10 am and 4:00 pm ($5 suggested donation), plus monthly courses and events. Children's Service is held each Sunday at 10 am. Members-only services are Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 am. See membership information.
We have a full schedule of daily and weekly practice, train students and members, and seasonal meetings for the community.
Residential Opportunities: The temple offers the Visitor's Program for people who want to spend some time living in the temple to cultivate their practice. The residents participate in temple programs in the mornings and/or evenings while maintaining their job or studies.
Chicago Temple Calendar
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Upcoming Events in Chicago
- Introductory Meditation Course: November 5 (five Tuesdays)
- Beginner's Zen Retreat: TBA