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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 ($10 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.

Public Services
Sundays 10-11:30 am

 Membership Sitting
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm
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Chicago Zen Buddhist Temple

Meditation Course

Saturday Workshop

(9 am to 5 pm)

April 13

Meditation Retreat

One Day Retreat

Saturday (9 am-5 pm)

March 9

Summer Intensive Meditation Retreat

Yongmaeng Jongjin

June 28 7 pm - July 3 10 am

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Special Events

Precept Meetings:

(Wednesdays 6:30 to 8 pm)

April 3 & 17, May 1 & 22,

June 5 & 19

Precept Taking Ceremony

July 4, 2024


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