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.