Holiday Schedule: Morning Zen Meditation on Thursday Dec 22 will be cancelled.  Zen Service for Sunday December 26 will follow the regular schedule (10AM service online, 2PM service in person with reservations). Additionally we will be offering a 3 day Sesshin online December 30 through January 1. Please see the sesshin section below for details.

Notice: We will continue to offer some services online for the time being. Sunday 10 AM, Wednesday 7 PM services, and the Sesshin the 3rd Fri-Sat of each month are still online. The 2 PM Sunday service and Sesshin the first Saturday of each month are opening for in-person attendance to people who have been vaccinated.  Attendance will be limited so please email info@zbtc.org to reserve a seat. 

Please note that the Sunday January 2nd 2PM service in Evanston will be cancelled.   Regular Sunday afternoon services will resume January 9th.   The monthly Saturday Sesshin will be held on January 8th beginning at 12:30PM.


Since 1949, the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago has helped people work to realize their inherent wisdom and compassion through Zen meditation and Dharma teachings.  We rely exclusively on your generosity to continue.  If your circumstances permit, please donate.  We have also recently enrolled in a program with Amazon wherein a portion of your purchase will be donated to us  Amazon Smile 


The Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago is offering virtual Soto Zen Meditation Services until the public health risk presented by COVID-19 has passed. Please join us on Zoom for the following weekly scheduled services. Meditation instruction will be provided at the begining of each service. Newcomers are always welcome!



We are please to announce twice weekly morning Zen Meditation Services Tuesday and Thursday on Zoom. Please use the link below to join and leave at you convenience. You will need to enter the passcode since attendees are free to come and go. Here is the schedule:

  • 6:10AM to 6:50AM Zazen
  • 6:50 to 7:00 Kinhin
  • 7:00 to 7:40 Zazen
  • 7:40 to 7:50 Kinhin
  • 7:50 to 8:30 Zazen

Zoom Info:


Introduction to Zen Meditation

The temple will be offering online introduction to zen meditation along with the basic principles of Dharma practice. These sessions will occur Wednesday nights at 7pm on the following dates for 2021: April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug 18, Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, and Dec 15. Please consider attending if you are new to zen practice or just curious obout Zen Buddhism and the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago. Zazen (seated meditation) can help you see and understand your true nature, which in turn will help you live at a deeper level, in harmony with all other beings. The seminar is free to the public, but a $20 donation helps the Temple keep the lights on so we can serve the community. You can reserve a spot and make a donation on Eventbrite  Click on the Zoom Link below at 7pm on the dates listed above


We will be holding a 3-day end of year Sesshin December 30 through January 1 on Zoom.  Please email info@zbtc.org for more information if you are interested in participating.

We also encourage zen practitioners to join Sesshin with the Sanshin Zen Community. Sanshin's At-Home Sessin run the first weekend of every month from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon. You must register on their website in advance. More information can be found here


Dharma Study

The Zen Buddhist Temple will be hosting an online Dharma Study group twice on month on the second and fourth Friday from 7PM to 8-ish. We will be reading and discussing the Lotus Sutra and plan on covering one chapter per meeting. If you are interested in joining please contact info@zbtc.org for more information. Or simply join as you are able at the Zoom link below. The next meeting will be held on Friday January 14, 2022 covering Chapter 13: "Encouragement to Uphold the Sutra". The discussion is informal and open to everyone even if they have not attended before. While there are themes common to all chapters, you do not need to know preceeding chapters to read and discuss the current chapter under review.



 A collection of audio talks by our late abbot Kongo Langlois, Roshi is now available at Northwestern University Libraries




Our August 2019 Newsletter is now available   

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