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.
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.
Four Tuesdays 7 to 8:30 pm
Beginner's Zen Retreat
Fri. 7 pm to Sat. noon
Buddha's Enlightenment Day All-Night Sitting: Friday January 3 (8 pm to 4 am)
Lunar New Year's Day Sangha Potluck: Sat. January 25 at 6 pm
November 29 (Stop Don't Shop retreat)
January 18 (fundraising retreat)
Yongmaeng Jeongjin Retreat