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Meditation + Guest Speaker : TOD NIELSEN on Buddhist Arts (part 2)

October 30, 2022 @ 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm CDT

Buddhist Arts - the Eight Great Events


On Sunday October 30th, Mr. Tod Nielsen will join us live again, via Zoom, to present the second part of the Special Two-Part Guest Speaker Series:

“Buddhist Arts Presentations:
The Eight Great Events in the Life of the Buddha”

Mr. Nielsen is a member of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center and has studied thangka painting under Tsherin Sherpa. He will walk us through the Eight Great Events in the Life of the Buddha, and how they are depicted in Buddhist arts from a range of cultures, styles, and mediums.  

PART 2 : 10/30/2022 (Sunday)

Covering the Four Lesser of the Eight Great Events:

  • The Display of Miracles;
  • Taming the Wild Elephant Nalagiri;
  • The Descent from the Heaven of the 33 Gods;
  • Accepting the Offering of Honey from a Monkey.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE: (online & in-person)

(Central Time)
3:15 PM:
Zoom Link Opens / Dojo Door Opens
3:30 PM:Slow Seated Moving Meditation – to help settle our body & mind
3:40 PM:Seated Meditation 
~4:10 PM:Self-Massage
~4:15 PM:Presentation by Tod:
“Buddhist Arts Presentations: The Eight Great Events in the Life of the Buddha (Part 2)”
~5:30 PM:Adjourn


  • Please read our “COVID Safety Protocol” page for details on vaccination requirements and other etiquettes
  • Please bring your vaccination card (or a photo of it) and show it to our volunteers before entering the building for the first time
  • Alternatively, you may email to set up a private Zoom meeting to show your proof of vaccination ahead of time (we can also accommodate FaceTime calls or WhatsApp video chat)

LOCATION: Kiku Matsu Aikido Dojo, 4512 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625




All are welcome, no prior knowledge of meditation or Buddhism required.

No cost to join, donations optional but appreciated to support dāna offering to the guest speaker.


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 our guest speaker.

To express our gratitude for Tod’s presentations, CBMG will be donating $100 to Blue Lotus Temple & Meditation Center (of which Tod is a member). We offered to give this dāna to Tod but he asked us to give it to Blue Lotus instead. Your donations will help us cover this offering. 

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


DONATE BY CHECK: Email us at for details


Tod Nielsen


Tod Nielsen has practiced Buddhism for over 35 years, and has been a member of the Blue Lotus Temple & Meditation Center in Woodstock, Illinois for the past 14 years.  
He previously lived in San Francisco and studied at the Tse Chen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center under Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, and volunteered at the Tsa-Tsa Studio where he studied thangka painting under Tsherin Sherpa and also cast tsa-tsas.


See you online!


Kiku Matsu Aikido Dojo (Vaccination Required)
4512 North Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group
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