Our Community

Ten Directions Zen Community is a member of the Kwan Um School of Zen and has practice locations in Chicago and the Western Suburbs. We offer many opportunities for people to learn and practice in an open and supportive atmosphere.


Our Teaching of Zen

Our Zen tradition teaches keeping a clear mind and taking appropriate action in each moment and does not dwell on questions of metaphysics. Zen meditation helps us to see the present moment clearly in order to help others.

When we quiet the mind and look carefully at our experience, we see that this world is one of constant change and insecurity. Anything that arises in our life, no matter how hard we try to stabilize it, will pass away.

Ultimately we must abandon the selfish “I, my, me” mind. Whatever we do, the question should arise, is this for me or for all beings? The Buddha once said that this world is an ocean of suffering. So our job, each one of us, is to be mindful, appreciate this moment, indeed this life, attain a mind which is clear like space, and help save all beings from suffering.

Zen is keeping this clear mind always and everywhere. Keep Reading >>

We currently have three practice locations - one in Saint Charles IL and two in Chicago.

Visitors are always welcome.

Saint Charles

Wednesday evenings 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday mornings 9:00 - 10:15 am
Sunday mornings 10:00 - 11:15 am

Bronzeville Neighborhood

Thursday evenings 7:00 - 8:30 pm
October 13 & 20, November 3, 10 & 17, and December 1, 8 & 15

Pilsen Neighborhood

Sunday mornings 10:00 - 11:30 am
Wednesday mornings 7:00 - 9:30 am

Additionally there will be a Day of Meditation on Sunday, November 20 and Sunday December 18 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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