Welcome to the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago

Founded 1949 by Soyu Matsuoka Roshi.

Visit the Temple

Our services and activities are held at 608 Dempster Street in Evanston, Illinois

1 Day Zen Meditation Retreat Saturday May 3rd from 12:30PM to 10:30PM

Please listen to a Dharma talk given by Jim Matson on March 23, 2014 Spring Ohigan

Our April Newsletter is here

Special Event

April 26th 3:00PM

608 Dempster Evanston, IL

Ralph Hamilton

Editor of RHINO Poetry Journal

Will read poetry.

Please Join Us


Introduction to Zen Meditation

While we welcome newcomers and beginnerís instructions are given at all of our services, we also offer a service at 2:00pm on the third Sunday of each month dedicated to those who would like a more structured introduction to our practice. The Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago is a Soto Zen Temple dedicated to helping practitioners realize their true nature through Zazen, seated meditation. Zen Buddhists hold that all living beings are pure Buddha nature that seems to be obscured by the workings of the discursive mind, fueled by the pressures of modern life. Through daily practice of seated meditation, we allow the discursive mind to settle, and let this true nature be expressed in our daily life.

Buddhism is non-theistic. The historical Buddha is not worshipped as a deity, but rather serves as an example of the realization that is expressed through our Zazen practice. Practitioners of other faiths may cultivate themselves through Zazen, supplementing their existing spiritual practice.

Please join us for an Introduction to Zen Meditation Workshop on Sunday May 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The workshop will consist of basic instruction in Zazen and shortened meditation periods taylored specifically for new practitioners.

Special Services

Throughout the year we celebrate various Zen Buddhist Holidays. Check back for updates.

Regular Services

Our services at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago are open to all. Newcomers are welcomed, and instruction in Zen meditation is offered at each service. Please join us for one of our regular Meditation Services.

We offer Zen meditation (zazen) services in the Soto Zen tradition three times weekly:

  • 10:00am Sunday
  • 2:00pm Sunday
  • 7:00pm Wednesday

Services last for approximately two hours and include chanting, seated meditation (zazen), and walking meditation (kinhin). Tea is usually served afterwards. Please feel free to stop by and visit. Newcomers are always welcome and instructions are provided at every service.

Meditation Retreats

For more intensive practice, please join us for our next one day meditation retreat to be held on Saturday May 3rd from 12:30PM to 10:30PM Sesshin is an important part of regular practice, enabling us to reinforce our daily practice with more extended periods to further settle the mind.




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