Today's Chicago Zen Buddhist Temple building began in 1915 as a Freemason's temple, so as a structure it has 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. Read more about the early history.


Now the temple provides:

1. Public services and meditation courses

2. A community for fellowship and support

3. A seminary, monastery and training center


Public services are Sundays at 10 am ($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. 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.

Public Services
Sundays 10-11:30 am
(We are open for in-person services as of July 11)

 Membership Sitting (in-person)
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm
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Chicago Zen Buddhist Temple

Four Tuesdays 7 to 8:30 pm


Beginner's Zen Retreat

Fri. 7 pm to Sat. noon

Special Events

One-day Retreat: 

Yongmaeng Jeongjin Retreat:

June 28-July 3 

(in-person & online)


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