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 7 to 8:30 pm

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Beginner's Zen Retreat

Fri. 7 pm to Sat. noon

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One-day Retreat 

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Yongmaeng Jeongjin Retreat

Intensive five day meditation retreat

June 28-July 3

Special Events


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