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 (4+)

Meditation + Dharma Sharing (online only)

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On the 1st Sunday of each month, we do some Dharma Sharing where members take turns to present a Dharma topic and lead a discussion, with this schedule (Central Time):

3:15 PM: Online session open for dial-in

3:30 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind

3:40 PM: Sitting Meditation

~4:15 PM: Dharma Sharing & discussion

~5:30 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 Sundays with slightly different programs - see our event listing on Meetup for details.

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:: HOW TO JOIN US via ZOOM ::
Once you have RSVP to this event, you will be able to see our Zoom link on this page.

Zoom link opens at 3:15 PM (CT) on Sundays.
Practice begins at 3:30 PM (CT).

If you are joining via phone and need the meeting ID and password, please first RSVP, then message us on Meetup.

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Meditation + "Teachers' Corner" Dharma Learning (online & in-person)

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On the 2nd Sunday of each month, we read / watch / listen to a teacher's Dharma teachings following meditation, with this schedule (Central Time):

3:15 PM: Online session open for dial-in

3:30 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind

3:40 PM: Sitting Meditation

~4:15 PM: "Teacher's Corner" Dharma Learning

~5:30 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 Sundays with slightly different programs - see our event listing on Meetup for details.

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:: HOW TO JOIN US via ZOOM ::

Once you have RSVP to this event, you will be able to see our Zoom link on this page.

Zoom link opens at 3:15 PM (CT) every Sunday.
Practice begins at 3:30 PM (CT).

If you are joining via phone and need the meeting ID and password, please first RSVP, then message us on Meetup.

More info on preparing for an online meeting can be found on our website.

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:: HOW TO JOIN US IN-PERSON ::

VACCINATION REQUIRED. Please read our “COVID Safety Protocol” page for details on vaccination requirements and other etiquettes.

Please bring your vaccination card (or a photo of it) and show it to our volunteers before entering the building for the first time.

LOCATION: Kiku Matsu Aikido Dojo, 4512 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

Alternatively, you may email [masked] to set up a private Zoom meeting to show your proof of vaccination ahead of time (we can also accommodate FaceTime calls or WhatsApp video chat).

More info on preparing for an in-person meeting can be found on our website.

Meditation + Dharma Story + Tea (online & in-person)

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On the 3rd Sunday of each month, members take turns to tell a Dharma/Buddhist story and we chat about it informally over vegan snacks & tea with this schedule (Central Time):

3:15 PM: Online session open for dial-in

3:30 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind

3:40 PM: Sitting Meditation

~4:15 PM: Make a Cup of Tea!

~4:20 PM: Dharma Story

~5:30 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 Sundays with slightly different programs - see our event listing on Meetup for details.

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:: HOW TO JOIN US via ZOOM ::

Once you have RSVP to this event, you will be able to see our Zoom link on this page.

Zoom link opens at 3:15 PM (CT) every Sunday.
Practice begins at 3:30 PM (CT).

If you are joining via phone and need the meeting ID and password, please first RSVP, then message us on Meetup.

More info on preparing for an online meeting can be found on our website.

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:: HOW TO JOIN US IN-PERSON ::

VACCINATION REQUIRED. Please read our “COVID Safety Protocol” page for details on vaccination requirements and other etiquettes.

Please bring your vaccination card (or a photo of it) and show it to our volunteers before entering the building for the first time.

LOCATION: Kiku Matsu Aikido Dojo, 4512 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

Alternatively, you may email [masked] to set up a private Zoom meeting to show your proof of vaccination ahead of time (we can also accommodate FaceTime calls or WhatsApp video chat).

More info on preparing for an in-person meeting can be found on our website.

Meditation + Dharma Sharing

Kiku Matsu Aikido Dojo

On the 1st Sunday of each month, we do some Dharma Sharing where members take turn to present a Dharma topic and lead a discussion, with this schedule:

3:15 PM: Door Opens - meditation instructions provided if needed

3:30 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind

3:40 PM: Sitting Meditation

~4:15 PM: Dharma Sharing & discussion

~5:15 PM: Work Practice - sweeping and clean-up

~5:30 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.

Past events (369)

Meditation Mini-Retreat (online & in-person)

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