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 >>

Recently Dhananjay Roshi, a long-time member, wrote a book entitled 'Making Friends With Death: Readings and Meditations'. He put together a resource to help the terminally ill and close family members develop a relationship with Death through readings, prayers and meditations. Also Margaret McKenzie, our previous long-time Abbot, contributed to the project. The book can be ordered on Amazon.

We currently have three practice locations - one in Wheaton and two in Chicago.

Visitors are always welcome.


Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Sunday mornings 9:00 - 11:00 am

*First-time visitors, please attend our Wednesday evening session.


Bronzeville Neighborhood

Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm
April 21 and 28
May 12, 19 and 26

Pilsen Neighborhood

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

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