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.


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 offer virtual Sesshin every 3rd Friday of the month. Sesshin runs on Friday and Saturday starting at 6:10AM and ending at 8PM. Upcoming dates for Sesshin are August 27 and 28, and September 17 and 18. 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-Hom 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. We will discuss meeting organization in more detail during the first 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 meetings will be held on Friday September 10 covering Chapter 5: The Parable of the Plants, and Friday September 24 covering Chapter 6: Assurance of Becoming a Buddha.



 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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