Welcome to the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago
Founded 1949 by Soyu
Visit the Temple
Our services and activities are held at 608
Dempster Street in Evanston,
1 Day Meditation Retreat Saturday
December 7th 12:30PM until 10:30PM
Bodhi Day Celebration Sunday December 8th at 10AM
2PM service on December 8th only will be cancelled]
listen to a Public Talk given on November 3rd by Zenku Jerry
Newsletter is here.
Introduction to Zen Meditation
While we welcome newcomers and beginnerís
instructions are given at all of our services, we also offer
a service at 2:00pm on the third Sunday of each month dedicated
to those who would like a more structured introduction to
our practice. The Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago is a Soto
Zen Temple dedicated to helping practitioners realize their
true nature through Zazen, seated meditation. Zen Buddhists
hold that all living beings are pure Buddha nature that seems
to be obscured by the workings of the discursive mind, fueled
by the pressures of modern life. Through daily practice of
seated meditation, we allow the discursive mind to settle,
and let this true nature be expressed in our daily life.
non-theistic. The historical Buddha is not worshipped as a
deity, but rather serves as an example of the realization
that is expressed through our Zazen practice. Practitioners
of other faiths may cultivate themselves through Zazen, supplementing
their existing spiritual practice.
Please join us for an Introduction to Zen Meditation Workshop
on Sunday December 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. The workshop will
consist of basic instruction in Zazen and shortened meditation
periods taylored specifically for new practitioners.
year we celebrate various Zen Buddhist Holidays. Please join
us on December 8th at 10AM when we will celebrate Bodhi Day
- a celebration of the historical Buddha's enlightenment.
The 2 PM afternoon service on that day only will be cancelled.
Our services at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago are open to all.
Newcomers are welcomed, and instruction in Zen meditation is
offered at each service. Please join us for one of our regular Meditation Services.
We offer Zen meditation (zazen) services in the Soto Zen tradition three times weekly:
Services last for approximately
two hours and include chanting, seated meditation (zazen),
and walking meditation (kinhin). Tea is usually served afterwards.
Please feel free to stop by and visit. Newcomers are always
welcome and instructions are provided at every service.
For more intensive
practice, please join us for our next one day Sesshin
(meditation retreat) which will be held Saturday December
7th at 12:30PM. Sesshin is an important
part of regular practice, enabling us to reinforce our daily
practice with more extended periods to further settle the
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