The Logan Square Zendo is a small Soto Zen Buddhist practice group on the northwest side of Chicago. We offer a weekly schedule of zazen (sitting meditation), group study and discussion, and beginning instruction in zazen and formal group practice. We're affiliated with the Great Plains Zen Center, and our teacher is Susan Myoyu Andersen, a Dharma successor of Taizan Maezumi.
We're open to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and physical ability.
We welcome beginners. If you're interested in Buddhism, Zen or meditation practice, we encourage you to visit. We'll be happy to show you how to sit, and to share our study and practice of Buddhism. Many people ask for reading suggestions: please see our list of recommended books.
Of course, we also welcome experienced Zen students from any lineage as well as meditators with experience in another tradition. If you have a teacher somewhere else, that's fine. People of all ages and levels of experience sitting together is the heart of the Buddha's way.
No commitment is required, only a willingness to practice together in a spirit of community harmony. No payment is required to practice with us.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, we are not having in-person sitting for the time being. For a range of online offerings, please visit Great Plains Zen Center.
We currently offer sitting on Tuesday evenings. Beginners are welcome most Tuesdays, and we will generally ask that you arrive a little early for your first visit, to allow time to meet and provide a brief orientation. Those with experience elsewhere can usually just drop in. We also offer practice instructions and discussion by appointment.
We're located in west Logan Square, a few blocks from the Blue Line and the Kimball, Fullerton and Diversey bus lines. Please contact us before your first visit for the exact address and directions, and so that we know to expect you.
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We'd love to hear from you. Please email us at email@example.com, or call/text Matt Hellige at 773-255-6483.