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!