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 + Dharma Story + Tea (in-person & 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: Door opens / Zoom link opens 3:30 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind 3:40 PM: Sitting Meditation ~4:15 PM: Make a Cup of […]

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Kiku Matsu Aikido Dojo (Vaccination Required), 4512 North Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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Meditation Mini-Retreat (in-person & online)

 On the 4th Sunday of each month, we do a mini-retreat with this schedule: 3:15 PM: Door opens / Zoom link opens 3:30 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind 3:50 PM: Sitting Meditation 4:25 PM: Walking Meditation ~4:45 PM: Sitting Meditation ~5:10 PM: Self-Massage ~5:30 PM: Adjourn   You […]

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Kiku Matsu Aikido Dojo (Vaccination Required), 4512 North Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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Dharma Learning — Latest Topics

Khandro Rinpoche

Effortlessness in Practice

On July 10, 2022, after meditation, the group watched three short Dharma teachings by Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, all of which were given in response to practitioners’ questions, explaining in various ways, how practice can be simple and effortless. In the first talk, “Effortlessness in Meditation Practice,” she explained that when we truly […]

Shohaku Okumura

Goal vs Direction: Zazen is Not About Progress

On June 12, 2022, after meditation we listened to a Dharma talk – “Zazen is Not About Progress” – from Shōhaku Okumura about the difference between a goal and a direction, and the importance of practicing without a goal. Okumura Roshi’s talk was based on two paragraphs from the book “Opening the Hand of Thought” […]

Chozen Bays Roshi

The Basics: From Sitting Postures to Mindful Eating

On May 8, 2022, after meditation, we shared a collection of short talks by Chozen Bays Roshi with practical advice on the most basic practice how-tos: “From Sitting Postures to Mindful Eating.” These talks offer some welcome refreshers on meditation basics and inspire us to stay curious about our practice, on and off the cushions. The […]

Fred Eppsteiner

Adversity, Path of Awakening

On April 10, 2022, after meditation, we shared a talk on the Tibetan Lojong teaching of: “Turning Adversity Into the Path of Awakening” by Fred Eppsteiner. In his talk, Fred also shared “The Three Fierce Mantras“ — powerful words that can cut through our confusion and anxiety, thereby supporting our practice of equanimity as we act […]

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