Greetings from the Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group, and welcome to our Website!



The Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group (CBMG) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization (Tax ID: 83-3189549). CBMG was formed with the purpose of practicing meditation, and studying and discussing Buddhist teachings from diverse traditions, 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!

“Wishing: In gladness and in safety,
May all beings be at ease.”

– The Metta Sutta *

Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group (CBMG) welcomes all persons interested in learning and practicing the Dharma, regardless of any other characteristic, including but not limited to age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, religion, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or physical appearance. We are committed to providing a physically and psychologically safe environment for your practice.

When you attend a CBMG event or when you communicate with other people in the context of CBMG (e.g., on a website or via email), please be mindful of the following:

  • Be respectful of others.
  • Other people are human beings who want happiness and do not want suffering.
  • Harassment, insults, disruptive behavior, exclusionary behavior, discriminatory behavior, or sexual advances are never appropriate.

If you are being made to feel uncomfortable by another person attending a CBMG event, or communicating with you in the context of CBMG, please inform an organizer. If the person who is causing you to be uncomfortable is an organizer, please inform one of the other organizers, and the person who is the subject of your complaint will recuse themselves from all subsequent discussions on this matter. We will take all reports seriously and take action where appropriate.

CBMG Board Members:

  • Belinda Li
  • Phyllis Lee
  • Stephen Hoover

* Excerpt from the Metta Sutta taken from:
“Karaniya Metta Sutta: The Buddha’s Words on Loving-Kindness” (Sn 1.8), translated from the Pali by The Amaravati Sangha. Access to Insight (BCBS Edition), 2 November 2013,


As practitioners of the Buddhadharma, we continually strive to act in ways that reduce the amount of suffering in the world, both for ourselves and for others, and to help us practice compassion. When it comes to animals, the single greatest impact we have on their suffering is the decision to eat or not eat animal products.

Eating plant-based, vegan meals prevents animal slaughter and suffering. Just like humans, animals value their lives and want to live without pain and fear. As the precepts have taught us: “a follower of Buddha does not kill” and “a follower of Buddha does not take that which is not given.” Veganism is also a positive way to reduce our environmental footprint and combat climate change. In addition, many fewer people around the world would go hungry if the grains that we grow were used to feed humans instead of livestock. We believe this is an opportunity for us to practice awareness and compassion.

As such, Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group (CBMG) has adopted a food policy for all of our meetings and events, in which we are to serve only vegan food and drinks. We also ask that if any members bring food and drinks to share with others while attending a CBMG meeting or event, that they please only bring vegan items (i.e., no meat, seafood, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatin, lard, casein, or any other ingredients produced by animals or taken from animals’ bodies.)

The choices we make for food have significant impacts on the environment and the well-being of others — see the article below to find out more: Walking the Path of Compassion, One Meal at a Time



(1) The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
– A good site to visit for those who want to learn more from health professionals and scientists about eating plant-based.

(2) Veganuary
– A site with lots of vegan recipes, tips and mentoring support.

(3) Thich Nhat Hanh on “Why vegan?”
– A 2-minute talk from the master on why it is important to go vegan as we practice compassion for all.

(4) Plum Village: New Contemplations Before Eating
– A guide to intergrade practice into our daily meals.

(5) Tara Talks: Compassion for Non-Human Animals by Tara Brach
– A Dharma talk on staying connected with all beings.