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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.

Public Services
Sundays 10-11:30 am

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

Four Tuesdays:

April 18

April 25

May 2

May 9


One-Day Meditation Retreat 

April 15, 9am-5pm

Spring Meditation Retreat

Yongmaeng Jeongjin 

April 5-9 (Ann Arbor)

Summer Meditation Retreat Yongmaeng Jeongjin 

June 29-July 3 (Ann Arbor)

Special Events


Buddha's Birthday

Sunday May 28

Precept Taking Meetings

April 30

May 7

May 21

June 4

June 18

June 25


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