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: Starting at 3:45 PM on each Saturday, visit https://zoom.us/j/727507599 (video + audio)
BY PHONE: 312-626-6799 / Meeting ID: 727507599# (audio only)

Practice begins at 4 PM as usual. 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 Sharing (online)

  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: 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 […]

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ONLINE, via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/727507599
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Meditation + “Teachers’ Corner” Dharma Learning (online)

  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 […]

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ONLINE, via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/727507599
+ Google Map

Meditation + Dharma Story + Tea (online)

  On the 3rd Saturday of each month, members take turn to tell a Dharma/Buddhist story and we chat about it informally 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: Make a Cup of […]

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ONLINE, via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/727507599
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Meditation Mini-Retreat (online)

  On the 4th Saturday of each month, we do a mini-retreat with this schedule: 3:45 PM: Online session open for dial-in 4:00 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind 4:20 PM: Sitting Meditation 4:50 PM: Walking Meditation (you may continue sitting if you wish) ~5:10 PM: Sitting Meditation ~5:35 […]

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ONLINE, via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/727507599
+ Google Map

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Dharma Learning — Latest Topics

Ven. Ajahn Brahm

Embracing Uncertainty

On July 10, 2021, after meditation we met online for a Teachers’ Corner session on the topic of “Embracing Uncertainty” At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we watched excerpts from a lecture by Venerable Ajahn Brahm on “Embracing Uncertainty,” followed by a brief group discussion. Ajahn Brahm taught that the nature of this life is that […]

Dalai Lama & Thupten Jinpa

Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form

On Saturday, June 12, 2021, our Teachers’ Corner was focused on the famous line in the Heart Sutra: “Form is emptiness, emptiness is form…“, with teachings from H.H. The Dalai Lama and his long-time interpreter & scholar Dr. Thupten Jinpa. Both teachers emphasized that “emptiness (Śūnyatā)” does not refer to some “Great Emptiness” out there […]

David Listen

“The Core Principles of Buddhadharma” by Guest Teacher David Listen

On May 29, 2021, Chan/Zen teacher, David Listen, joined us to guide meditation and give a Dharma Talk via Zoom. He expounded on the Three Dharma Seals (impermanence, selflessness, nirvana). These describe how things truly are; and when we cannot let go of our desire for permanence or a sense of an independent self, we suffer. He explained how nirvana or “true nature” is not a “thing” we can see or attain, but simply describes our capacity to fully realize the truths of impermanence and selflessness, thereby unleashing our full potential for compassion and wisdom.

Andrea Fella

Wise Livelihood

On Saturday, May 8, 2021, the topic for Teachers’ Corner was “Wise Livelihood.” After meditation, we listened to a dharma talk by the teacher Andrea Fella about “Wise Livelihood“ (often translated in English as “Right Livelihood” from Pali: samyag-vyāyāma or Sanskrit: sammā-vāyāma), one of the elements of the Buddha’s Eightfold Noble Path. As laypeople, we […]

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