Ten Directions Zen Community

The Ten Directions Zen Community (TDZC) is located in Chicago and Saint Charles IL and is a member of the Kwan Um School of Zen (KUSZ). We exist to support Zen practice in our communities by offering a regular practice schedule as well as periodic weekend retreats for extended practice with our teachers. Both the TDZC and KUSZ are registered non-profit organizations.

Our tradition has three major forms of Zen practice: bowing, chanting, and sitting meditation. The forms are very simple, and once you’ve seen them it is easy to follow along. In the dharma room, these forms are done in unison with other practitioners as each person’s practice supports every other person’s practice.

Everyone is welcome. Whether you’re new to meditation and Zen Buddhism, or have previous experience, all are welcome.

The Kwan Um School of Zen was founded in 1972 by Zen Master Seung Sahn, a monk in the Korean Chogye Order and the first Korean Zen Master to live and teach in the west. The teaching and practice forms were derived and adapted from the Korean Chogye Order. Over the years, Zen Master Seung Sahn and his successors have established over 100 Zen centers and groups in more than 20 countries.

Ten Directions Zen Community was started in the late 1970’s by several students of Zen Master Seung Sahn. For many years, Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes) was our Guiding Dharma Teacher. In 2017, Zen Master Jok Um (Ken Kessel) became our Guiding Dharma Teacher.

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