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 - Wheaton, Chicago, and McHenry.

See LOCATIONS for more information
Visitors are always welcome.


Tuesday Evenings. 7:00-8:15 pm - Meditation and Dharma talk

November 6th - Don't sit home on election night, wondering and worrying.  Come and learn about equanimity and “don't know”.  The results will be there when you get home.

November 13th - Begin again. Come and review the basics of meditation practice.  What are the most often used meditation postures, what about sitting in a chair?  Eyes open or closed?  What can I do with my hands?   What kinds of things can I do to support a regular meditation practice at home? 

November 20th - No Meeting - Thanksgiving Week. 

November 27th - Introduction to Zen meditation.  A brief review of the history of Zen, and the Kwan Um School of Zen in particular.  Discover what the qualities of Zen meditation and how to practice them.  

Contact: director@tendirectionszen.org

Bronzeville Neighborhood

Thursday evenings 7:00 - 8:30 pm
November 1, 8 and 29th.
December 6, 13 and 20th

Contact: bronzevillezen@gmail.com

Chicago Kwan Um Zen Center

28025 N Lakeview Circle, McHenry, IL

Sundays at 8:30 AM.    
Thursdays at 7:00 PM.  

Contact: empty1001@yahoo.com



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