top of page

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 the first Sunday of each month at 10 am. We observe a longer meditation service 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.

Annual Fundraising 2023

We are raising money to renovate the apartment on the third floor of the temple. A new resident priest and his family will be arriving in August 2024 to live there.
Click here to donate!
Public Services
Sundays 10-11:30 am

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

Meditation Course

December 9

Saturday, 9am-5pm

lunch provided

Year End Intensive Retreat

Yongmaeng Jeongjin

4 day retreat

Dec 26 7 pm - Dec 30 10 am

1 day minimum participation

animal sangha_edited.jpg
Special Events


Success! Message received.

bottom of page