Welcome to Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group!

We are a Chicago meditation meetup group organized by lay practitioners. We meet weekly to support each other in our meditation practice and to study Buddhist teachings from diverse traditions. We welcome anyone – beginners and seasoned practitioners alike – who are interested in meditation or in learning more about Buddhism to join us. Sign up for our newsletter or just come and sit with us!

Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Upcoming Meditation Meetups

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:
VIA ZOOM: Visit https://zoom.us/j/727507599 (video + audio)
BY PHONE: 312-626-6799 / Meeting ID: 727507599# (audio only)

If Zoom is new to you, watch this video on how to join a Zoom meeting

May you be healthy. May you be well. May you be at peace.

Meditation Mini-Retreat (online)

 On the 4th Sunday of each month, we do a mini-retreat with this schedule: 3:15 PM: Online session open for dial-in 3:30 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind 3:50 PM: Sitting Meditation 4:20 PM: Walking Meditation (you may continue sitting if you wish) ~4:40 PM: Sitting Meditation ~5:05 PM: […]

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ONLINE, via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/727507599
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Special Event: Sangha Meeting & Tea (online)

It’s the 5th Sunday — our special event week! On January 30th, after meditation, we will hold a Sangha Meeting to kick off 2022! CBMG board members will report on our 2021 program activities, operation, and finance. We will then open the floor to hear your feedback and suggestions for future programs, schedules and other […]

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Meditation + Dharma Sharing (online)

  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: 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 […]

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Meditation + “Teachers’ Corner” Dharma Learning (online)

  On the 2nd Sunday of each month, we read / watch / listen to a teacher's Dharma teachings following meditation, with this schedule: - 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 […]

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ONLINE, via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/727507599
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Meditation + Dharma Story + Tea (online)

 On the 3rd Sunday of each month, members take turn to tell a Dharma/Buddhist story and we chat about it informally with this schedule: 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! […]

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Dharma Learning — Latest Topics

Master Bon Soeng

The Four Great Vows

On January 9, 2022, after meditation, we studied the topic of “The Four Great Vows.” Before watching the Dharma Talk by Zen Master Bon Soeng on The Four Great Vows, Belinda shared various popularly used English translations of them, which were all translated from Chinese, and pointed out the similarities and differences in how each […]

Dr. Larry Ward

Practicing with Our Hindrances

On December 11, 2021, after meditation, we listened to excerpts from Dr. Larry Ward’s talk titled “Unshakable Deliverance of the Mind”, on how to practice with the Five Hindrances. Dr. Ward explained that the goal of our practice is to achieve “a mind that is unshakable” and a mind that is “delivered… from itself.” To achieve unshakable deliverance, we must develop an awareness of our mind, and the power to reshape it toward compassion and kindness, and this process calls for us to practice with the Five Hindrances.

Ven. Bhikku Boddhi

Praise and Blame

On November 13, 2021, after meditation we listened to a talk from the Venerable Bhikku Bodhi about a piece of the Buddha’s advice for our speech. In particular, the Buddha says, as recorded in The Book of Fours of the Numerical Discourses (Aṅguttara Nikāya), that a good person does not speak of the faults of […]

Ayya Santussika

Giving It All You’ve Got

On October 9, 2021, after meditation we watched a Dharma talk by Ayya Santussika titled: “Giving It All You’ve Got.” The teacher quoted Ajahn Chah who said that in everything that we do, we should give it all we’ve got. That applies to our practice – meditation and Dharma study – but also to everything […]

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