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.
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We currently have three practice locations - Saint Charles, Chicago, and McHenry.
Visitors are always welcome.
Wednesday evenings 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Thursday evenings 7:00 - 8:30 pm
May 3, 10, & 31
June 7, 14, & 21
There will be no practice in Bronzeville in July or August.
Ja Gak Am Retreat Center in McHenry
Monday and Friday evenings: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Sundays: 8:30-10:30 am
Every Second Sunday (long practice): 8:30 am - 3:00 pm