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How to join us online:
via Zoom: Starting at 3:45 PM on each Saturday, visit (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

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Meditation + Live Talk + Q&A : Online with Guest Teacher DAVID LISTEN

May 29 @ 3:45 pm - 6:00 pm CDT

David Listen, Guest Chan Teacher

On Saturday May 29th, Chan (Zen) Buddhist Teacher, David Listen, will be joining us live, leading meditation and giving a talk titled:

“The Core Principles of Buddhadharma:
How They Guide Our Life Practice”

In this talk, David will expound on not just the basic theory of Buddhist teachings, but also their practical applications and relationship to our life.

David was formerly a monk and one of the few Western monastic disciples of the late Master Sheng Yen, founder of the Dharma Drum Chinese Chan Lineage. David has been sharing Chan/Zen meditation and Buddhist teachings for over 15 years. See below for more details of his biography.


All are welcome – beginners, seasoned practitioners, Buddhists, non-Buddhists. No prior knowledge of meditation or Buddhism is necessary.


3:45 PM:Zoom Link Opens
4:00 PM:Slow Seated Moving Meditation – to help settle our body & mind
~4:10 PM:Seated Meditation, guided by David
~4:45 PM:Dharma Talk by David:
“The Core Principles of Buddhadharma:How They Guide Our Life Practice” + Q&A
~6:00 PM:Adjourn 


Visit to join via with video + audio sharing.
Join with audio-only by phone: 312-626-6799 / Meeting ID: 727507599#.


We offer this event at no-cost so that financial burdens would not prevent anyone from attending. However, if you are able to donate, whether or not you are attending this special event, it will greatly help us to provide Dāna (alms) to the teacher. David has actually kindly offered to share his time and teaching with us free of charge. However, to express our gratitude and appreciation, we would like to make a Dāna offering of $50 to him.

Your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Thank you very much for your generosity!


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David Listen has been sharing Chan/Zen meditation and Buddhist teachings for over 15 years, leading intensive meditation retreats, classes, and activities at various monasteries, college campuses, and private institutions throughout North America, Europe, and East Asia. Previously known as Venerable Chang Wen(常聞法師), he was one of the few Western monastic disciples of Chan Master Sheng Yen. He had been a monk for over a decade and has since returned to lay life to share the insights of the Buddha in his own creative way. David is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese and has done extensive work translating the teachings of Chinese Buddhism into English, both on retreat and in published works. He holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies, a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, and is currently a counselor at a clinic for people suffering from severe mental illness. He also has his own life mentoring practice, guiding people in their cultivation of wisdom and compassion on an individual basis.


See you online!


ONLINE, via Zoom
312-626-6799 / Meeting ID: 727507599#


Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group