What we're about

Hi, welcome to our Meetup!

We are a not-for-profit organization, with the purpose of practicing meditation, and studying and discussing Buddhist teachings from diverse Buddhist traditions, in order to cultivate compassion, wisdom, a peaceful mind, and ethical living for the benefit of all individuals and communities.

We are a diverse group of practitioners and we welcome people from all walks of life to join us - of any religion or no religion, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, country of origin, socio-economic status, or practice experience from complete beginners to long-time meditators. Together, we benefit from learning from and with each other, and that learning experience is so much richer among diversity.

So, whether you are just curious about meditation or Buddhism, or if you are looking for a group of kindred spirit to practice, study and socialize together on a regular basis, you are most welcome to check us out.

While we use Chan/Zen ("Chan" is Chinese for "Zen") etiquette & approach during meditation - because that's what the current main facilitators are familiar with - we bring in teachings from all authentic Buddhist traditions during discussions to create a rich, diverse & open learning environment.

In addition to weekly gatherings, we also occasionally hold other special events as opportunities arise.

There is no cost to attend. However, donations in any amount would be very helpful and appreciated, to support our continual operation, so that we may sustain and grow - such as to cover our monthly rent, Meetup subscription fee, special events' costs, etc..

None of us receives any remuneration for our time and efforts - we do this simply out of a wish to benefit more people, as a way to pay forward what we ourselves have benefited, and for a chance to practice with fellow meditators.

Please join us - we would love to meet you!

Upcoming events (5)

Meditation + "Teacher's Corner" Dharma Learning (online meeting)

:: MEETING ONLINE :: In order to continue to exercise cautions and to ensure the safety of all our members, we are extending our online group practice until further notice. We remain hopeful that we will be meeting in-person again before long. Sign-up to receive our weekly newsletter to get the latest updates. :: HOW TO JOIN US ONLINE :: Starting at 3:45 PM on each Saturday, visit this URL: https://zoom.us/j/727507599 to join us via Zoom with video + audio sharing. You can also join audio-only by phone:[masked] / Meeting ID:[masked]#. Practice begins at 4 PM as usual. If Zoom is new to you, here's a short video on how to join a Zoom meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT_cKqadmCE =================================================== On the 2nd Saturday of each month, we read / watch / listen to a teacher's Dharma teachings following meditation, with this schedule: 3:45 PM: Online session open for dial-in 4:00 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind 4:10 PM: Sitting Meditation ~4:45 PM: "Teacher's Corner" Dharma Learning ~6:00 PM: Adjourn You may join any or all segments of the evening. Beginners welcome. No cost to attend. Donations at https://chicagomeditation.org/donate/ are welcome. Your generosity will support the continual operations and growth of this group, including the cost of our monthly rent and Meetup subscription fees. We also meet on other Saturdays with slightly different programs - see calendar for details.

Meditation Dharma Story + Snacks

Kiku Matsu Aikido Dojo

On the 3rd Saturdays of each month, members take turn to tell a Dharma/Buddhist story and we chat about it informally over vegan snacks with this schedule: 3:45 PM: Door Opens - meditation instructions provided if needed 4:00 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind 4:10 PM: Sitting Meditation ~4:45 PM: Dharma Story + Snacks (all vegan) ~5:45 PM: Work Practice - sweeping and clean-up ~6:00 PM: Adjourn You may attend any or all segments of the evening. Beginners welcome. No cost to attend. Donations welcome at-the-door to support the continual operations and growth of this group, including the cost of our monthly rent and Meetup subscription fees. Wear loose comfortable clothing, and please note that shoes are not allowed on the meditation mat. We also meet on other Saturdays with slightly different programs - see calendar for details.

Meditation Mini-Retreat

Kiku Matsu Aikido Dojo

On the 4th Saturday of each month, we do a mini-retreat with this schedule: 3:45 PM: Door Opens - meditation instructions provided as needed 4:00 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind 4:20 PM: Sitting Meditation 4:50 PM: Walking Meditation (you may continue sitting if you wish) 5:10 PM: Sitting Meditation 5:35 PM: Self-Massage ~5:45 PM: Work Practice - sweeping and clean-up ~6:00 PM: Adjourn You may attend any or all segments of the evening. Beginners welcome. No cost to attend. Donations welcome at-the-door to support the continual operations and growth of this group, including the cost of our monthly rent and Meetup subscription fees. Wear loose comfortable clothing, and please note that shoes are not allowed within the Dojo. We also meet on other Saturdays with slightly different programs - see calendar for details.

Meditation + Dharma Sharing

Kiku Matsu Aikido Dojo

On the 1st Saturday of each month, we do some Dharma Sharing where members take turn to present a Dharma topic and lead a discussion, with this schedule: 3:45 PM: Door Opens - meditation instructions provided if needed 4:00 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind 4:10 PM: Sitting Meditation ~4:45 PM: Dharma Sharing & discussion ~5:45 PM: Work Practice - sweeping and clean-up ~6:00 PM: Adjourn You may attend any or all segments of the evening. Beginners welcome. No cost to attend. Donations welcome at-the-door to support the continual operations and growth of this group, including the cost of our monthly rent and Meetup subscription fees. Wear loose comfortable clothing, and please note that shoes are not allowed on the meditation mat. We also meet on other Saturdays with slightly different programs - see calendar for details.

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Meditation + Dharma Sharing (online meeting)

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