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I have an ego problem. Ive been working at self-destruction for about a year and half now. Ive seen what it means to break free from it. The ego problem is simple, and so is the solution. It can become seemingly extremely complicated/confused when you throw in family, strong emotional currents, and other mind-clutter. Breaking free for me is process based. You repeat the process until you clear the clutter. I see the clutter for what is now, but it easily refills, being around my family and other people with whom I share a large amount of past. I need to get out and go somewhere else.

 

Does anybody know of places where there are emotionally mature people and it is possible to live or work? Where people know about things like Qi? Im looking at the OSHO resort, it looks promising, but it will be an expensive trip and they dont pay you to work/live there. Any other communities or places you can stay and live with mature people?

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You can check out these places, listed alphabetically:

 

American Buddhist Association & Harmony Zen Center

 

Address: 4524 N. Richmond Street, Chicago, IL 60625 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Jodo Shinshu & Rinzai / Soto Zen

Affiliation: Buddhist Temple of Chicago, Harmony Zen Center

Phone: (773) 583-5794

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Contact: Richard Brandon (Zenyo)

 

Amitabha Buddhist Library in Chicago

 

Address: 2753-2755 W. Maple Avenue, Lisle IL 60532 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Pure Land Buddhism

Phone: (630)428-9941; (630) 846-6844; (630) 416-9422

Fax: (630) 416-6175; (630) 428-9961

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.amitabhalibrary.org

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Teachers: Venerables and lay people from the Pure Land school

Spiritual Director: Master Chin Kung

Contact: Bert Tan; Li-Su Tan; Chifang Duong

 

Arizona Soto Zen Center

 

Address: 7620 N. Hartman Lane, Ste 112 Tucson 85743

Tradition: Mahayana, Traditions as taught by Soyu Matsuoka Roshi, founder of the Chicago and Long Beach Zen centers

Affiliation: Soto Zen Japanese Traditions

Phone: 520.360.9080

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.azszc.org

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Blue Beryl Dharma Center

 

Address: 1741 W Columbia Ave Chicago IL 60626

Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Rime

Affiliation: Tashi Kyil Monastery, Dehra Dun, India

Phone: 773-262-8191

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.lamalobsang.com

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Teacher: Lama Lobsang Palden Rinpoche

Spiritual Director: Lama Lobsang Palden Rinpoche

Contact: Patricia Palden

 

Bong Boolsa, Korean Buddhist Temple

 

Address: 5114 North Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Chogye Buddhist order of Korea

Phone: (773) 286-0307

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Teacher: Ven. Young Joo Lee

 

Bul Taha Sa Zen Group

 

Address: 4360 West Montrose Avenue Chicago IL 60641 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Korean Zen (Seon)

Phone: (773) 286-1551

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Contacts: Kay Kim and Hugh Yoon

 

Cambodian Buddhist Association (Wat Khemararan)

 

Address: 1258 W. Argyle Chicago, IL 60640 IL

Tradition: Theravada, Khmer (Cambodian)

Phone: (773) 878-8226

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Contact: Savat Khem: (773) 583-0133, (312) 793-2282

 

Chagdud Gonpa Chicago

 

Address: 1632 S. State Street, Belvidere, IL 61008 IL

Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Nyingmapa

Affiliation: Chagdud Gonpa Foundation

E-mail: [email protected]

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Contact: John Chen

 

Chicago Buddhist Vihara

 

Address: 1534 Lakeview Drive,# 111 Darien IL IL 60561

Tradition: Theravada, Sri LAnkan Buddhist Temple

Affiliation: Therawada - Sri Lankan

Phone: 6309100036

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.chicagobuddhistvihara.org

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Main Contact: Bhanthe Seelaratana Email (Phone: 6309100036)

Spiritual Director: Bhanthe Seelaratana (Phone: 6309100036)

 

Chicago Insight Meditation Group

 

Address: 2240 N Magnolia, Chicago, IL 60614 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, an emphasis on Thich Nhat Hanh and socially engaged trend

Phone: (773) 472-4787

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Spiritual Director and Teacher: Erwin Helfer

 

Chicago Jodo Shu Temple

 

Address: 1507 Madison, Evanston, IL 60201 IL

Tradition: Mahayana

Phone: (847) 328-1199

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Contact: Shunjo Takahashi

 

Chicago Karma Thegsum Choling

 

Address: 2100 S. Central Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804 IL

Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Karma Kagyu

Affiliation: Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in New York

Phone: (708) 652-9722

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.chicagoktc.org

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Chicago Nichiren Buddhist Church

 

Address: 4216 N. Paulina Street, Chicago, IL, 60613 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Nichiren Shu

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Contact: Rev. Hosho Higuchi

 

Chicago Rimé Foundation

 

Address: 6552 N Ashland apt 1 Chicago, Il 60626 IL

Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan

Phone: (773) 784-9190

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.geocities.com/RimeFoundation/

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Contact: Roberto Sanchez, Director

Main Contact: Roberto Sanchez Email (Phone: 773-784-9190)

 

Chicago Shambhala Center

 

Address: 7331 N. Sheridan Road Chicago IL 60626

Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Kagyü lineage

Affiliation: Shambhala International

Phone: (773) 743-8147

Fax: (773) 743-0464

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.chicagoshambhala.org

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Founder: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Main Contact: Alice Dan

Spiritual Director: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

 

Chicago Vipassana Sitting Group

 

Address: 2240 N. Magnolia Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 IL

Tradition: Theravada

Phone: (773) 472-4787, (773) 975-1282

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International Buddhist Progress Society Chicago temple

 

Address: 9S043 Route 53 in Naperville. Naperville IL 60565

Tradition: Mahayana, Chinese

Affiliation: Fo Guang Shan temple in Taiwan

Phone: 630-910-1243.

E-mail: [email protected]

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Teacher: Venerable Manpou

 

Jewel Heart Chicago Center

 

Address: 4753 N. Broadway, Ste. 812, Chicago, IL 60640 Spiritual Director. Kyabje Gelek, Rinpoche IL

Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Gelugpa

Phone: (847) 256-3186

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.jewelheart.org/

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Contact: Robin Olson or Linda Gorham (co-coordinators)

 

Kampuchean Buddhist Society (Wat Khmer Metta Temple)

 

Address: 4716 North Winthrop Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640 IL

Tradition: Theravada, Cambodian, Thai, Laotian & Vietnamese

Phone: (773) 989-0969

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Contact: Ven. Vuthy Roeun or Kim Hong Hun

 

Karma Thegsum Choling - Chicago

 

Address: 1311 West Arthur Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626 IL

Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Karma Kagyu

Phone: (773) 743-5134, 743-7135

Website: http://www.kagyu.org

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Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery/The Korinji Foundation

 

Address: [Chicago office]: 3717 N. Ravenswood #113 Chicago IL IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Rinzai Zen

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.korinji.org

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Lincoln Park Zen

 

Address: (Kwan Um Zen Community in Chicago) 4900 N. Marine Dr. 306 Chicago, IL 60640 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Kwan Um Zen

Affiliation: Ten Directions Zen Community

Phone: (773) 334-1668

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.lincolnparkzen.org

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Teacher: Zen Master Soeng Hyang

Contact: Ron Kidd

 

Logan Square Zendo

 

Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen

Affiliation: Great Plains Zen Center

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://logansquarezen.org/

Teacher: Susan Myoyu Andersen

 

Midwest Buddhist Information Center

 

Address: 2400 Prairie, Evanston, IL 60201 Directory of Buddhist organizations in the greater Chicago area, with lists of classes, and a Monthly Calendar of events at these organizations. IL

Tradition: Non-Sectarian, General Buddhism

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://members.ync.net/jfred

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Contact: Fred Babbin

 

Midwest Buddhist Temple

 

Address: 435 West Menomonee Street Chicago, IL 60614 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Jodo Shinshu, Pure Land School

Affiliation: Buddhist Churches of America, (Nishi Honganji, Kyoto, Japan)

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.MidwestBuddhistTemple.org

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Natural Buddhist Meditation Temple of Greater Chicago

 

Address: 8243 South Newland Road, Burbank, IL 60459 IL

Tradition: Theravada, Thai (Dhammayutti Nikaya)

Affiliation: Council of Thai Bhikkus in the USA.

E-mail: [email protected]

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Contact: Phra Bolalian

 

Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Chicago

 

Address: 4216 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60613 IL

Tradition: Mahayana

Affiliation: Nicheren Order of North America

Phone: (773) 348-2028 / 275-6490 / 493-9872

E-mail: [email protected]

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Contact: Rev. Washo Oyamada

 

Northwest Chicago Zen Group

 

Address: Countryside Unitarian Church 1025 N. Smith Road, Palatine, IL IL

Tradition: Mahayana

Phone: (847) 298-8472

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Contact: Susan Anderson

 

Padmasambhava Buddhist Center of Chicago

 

Address: 6602 N Glenwood #1 Chicago IL 60626

Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Nyingma

Affiliation: Tibetan, Nyingma, Vajrayana

Phone: 312.265.0858

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.padmasambhava.org

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Main Contact: Matt Lentz

 

Portsmouth Zendo

 

Address: The Malt House Exchange 95 Albany Street, #9 Portsmouth, NH 03801 Chozen-ji Illinois Betsuin, Chicago, Illinois NH

Tradition: Mahayana, Rinzai Zen

Affiliation: Zen Training Academy International

Phone: (207) 384-2701

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.spkarate.com/zen/index.htm

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Contact: Paul Serrano

 

Quan Am Tu Buddhist Temple

 

Address: 5545 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Pure Land

Phone: (773) 271-7048

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Contact: Quant Tim

 

Quang Minh Vietnamese Buddhist Temple

 

Address: 4429 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625 IL

Tradition: Vietnamese Mahayana

Phone: (773) 275-6859

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Contact: Thich Minh Chi

 

Shinnyo-en USA (Chicago)

 

Address: 120 E. Devon Ave Elk Grove Village IL 60007

Tradition: Mahayana, Shingon Buddhism

Affiliation: Shingon/Shinnyo-en (Japan)

Phone: 847-956-9066

Website: http://www.shinnyoenusa.net/ http://www.shinnyo-en.org/

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Spiritual Director: Steven Somogye (Phone: 847-956-9066)

Teacher: Shinso Ito

 

The Rinzai Zen Community

 

Address: 3717 N. Ravenswood #113 Chicago 60613

Tradition: Mahayana, Rinzai dharma line descended from Omori Sogen Roshi

Affiliation: Rinzaishu

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.rinzaizen.org

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Spiritual Director: Meido Moore Roshi Email

 

Tian Long Temple, Chicago

 

Address: (Mid American Buddhist Association) 106 W. Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60616 IL

Tradition: Mahayana

Affiliation: Mid American Buddhist Association

Phone: (312) 326-2398

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Wat Dhammaram / Vipassana Meditation Center

 

Address: 7059 W. 75th Street, Chicago, IL 60638 IL

Tradition: Theravada, Thai (Maha Nikaya)

Affiliation: Council of Thai Bhikkus in the USA.

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.dhammaram.iirt.net

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Contact: Ven. Boonshoo Sriburin, Ph.D.

 

Wat Khamermetta

 

Address: 4716 North Winthrop Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640 IL

Tradition: Tradavada, Thai (Maha Nikaya)

Affiliation: Council of Thai Bhikkus in the USA.

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Wat Phrasriratanamahadatu

 

Address: 4735 North Magnolia Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640 IL

Tradition: Theravada, Thai (Maha Nikaya)

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.watphrasri.iirt.net/eng/index.html

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Contact: Abbot Ratana Thontkrajai

 

Contact: Erwin Helfer

 

Chicago Zen Center

 

Address: 2029 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Zen Soto/Rinzai

Affiliation: Rochester Zen Center

Phone: (847) 475-3015

E-mail: [email protected]

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Teacher: Sevan Ross, Sensei

 

Chicago Zen Community

 

Address: Chicago IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Rinzai Zen

Affiliation: The Korinji Foundation

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.chicagozencommunity.org

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Harmony Zen Center

 

Address: 4635 North Racine Avenue, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60640 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Rinzai/Soto Zen

Affiliation: Buddhist Temple of Chicago

Phone: (312) 583-5794

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Contact: Richard Brandon

 

Heartland Sangha

 

Address: 5043 W. Warwick, Chicago, IL 60641 IL

Tradition: Non-Sectarian, American Buddhism

Affiliation: Independent

Phone: (773) 545-9972

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.heartlandsangha.org

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Contact: Cynthia Brooke

 

I.B.P.S. Chicago

 

Address: 9S043 Route 53, Naperville, IL 60565 IL 60565

Tradition: Mahayana, Humanistic Buddhism

Affiliation: Fo Guang Shan

Phone: 630-910-1243

Fax: 630-910-1244

E-mail: [email protected]

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Spiritual Director: Ven. Master Hsing Yun

 

Insight Chicago

 

Address: 253 East Delaware, 9A, Chicago, IL 60611 IL

Tradition: Theravada, Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah and Burmese tradition of Mahasi Saydaw. Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.

Affiliation: Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA

E-mail: [email protected]

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Contact: Nancy Randleman

 

Instituto de Meditacão Mahayana

 

Address: Rua Tavares de Macedo, 95 sala 905 Centro Empresarial Chicago 24220-211 Icaraí - Niterói - RJ or [email protected]

Tradition: Mahayana

E-mail: [email protected]

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International Buddhism Friendship Association

 

Address: 5414 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Zen

Affiliation: International Buddhism Friendship Assn.

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Contact: John K. Chung or Lok Kwan Cheng

 

Won Buddhism of America

 

Address: 6330 N. Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Korean Won

Affiliation: Headquarters center

Phone: (773) 282-9922

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Contact: Ven. Soo Il Yoo

 

Zen Buddhist Temple

 

Address: (Buddhist Society of Compassionate Wisdom) 1710 W. Cornelia (Near Ashland & Belmont) Chicago, IL 60657-1219 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Korean Chogye Zen

Affiliation: Buddhist Society of Compassionate Wisdom

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.zenbuddhisttemple.org

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Contact: Irjo Mark Gemmill

Teacher: Ven. Samu Sunim

 

Zen Center, Chicago

 

Address: 2029 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 (formerly Philip Kapleau, Roshi) IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Integrated Rinzai/Soto Zen

Affiliation: Rochester, New York Zen Center

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.chicagozen.com/home.html

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Contact: Ven. Sevan Ross, Sensei

 

Zen Training Academy International

 

Address: 3717 N. Ravenswood #113, Chicago, IL 60613 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Rinzai Zen

Affiliation: Chozen-ji Illinois Betsuin, Daihonzan Chozen-ji (Hawaii)

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.ztai.org

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Teachers: Hosokawa Roshi, Miller Roshi, Linxweiler Roshi

Spiritual Director: So\'zan Miller Roshi

Contact: Manohar Murthi or Ed Brand

 

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate

 

Address: 1922 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago IL 60613

Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen, Shunryu Suzuki Lineage

Affiliation: San Francisco Zen Center, Mountain Source Sangha

Phone: (773) 899-3841

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.ancientdragon.org

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Spiritual Director: Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton

Notes and Events:

 

A schedule of events is available on our website at http://www.ancientdragon.org/sangha/schedule

 

Dharma talks, including MP3s is also availble on our site at http://www.ancientdragon.org/dharma

 

Buddhist Temple of Chicago

 

Address: 1151 W. Leland Chicago IL 60640

Tradition: Mahayana, Jodo Shinshu (Akegarasu, Kiyozawa)

Affiliation: Administratively Independent Jodo Shinshu (Otani-ha lineage)

Phone: (773) 334-4661

Fax: (773) 334-4726

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.budtempchi.org

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Founder: Gyomay Kubose

Teachers: Yukei Ashikaga, Patti Nakai, Fred Babbin Email

Spiritual Director: Yukei Ashikaga (Phone: (773) 334-4661)

Notes and Events:

 

Activities: Sunday services at 11 a.m. in English, 1 p.m. in Japanese (monthly).

Meditation: Sunday, 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday, 7:30-8:45 p.m.

Dharma School and Toddler Group reforming, please write [email protected]

for info.

 

Wednesday discussion groups

 

Monthly meetings:

Shin Sangha, activities group for singles/couples interested in Buddhism.

Asoka, activities group for Seniors.

 

Weekly classes:

Class in Introductory Buddhism.

Taiko, Iaido and Minyo groups.

Japanese language classes, calligraphy instruction and cultural groups

 

Special seminars

Natsu Matsuri, annual summer festival of Japanese performing arts, crafts and food.

Publication: BTC Bulletin "Gan Ne" monthly newsletter.

Comments: established in 1944 by Reverend Gyomay M. Kubose.

 

Chicago Ratna Shri Sangha

 

Address: 5337 W. Cullom Ave Chicago IL 60641

Tradition: Vajrayana, Drikung Kagyu Tibetan

Affiliation: Drikung Kagyu

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.chicagoratnashri.org

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Main Contact: Bill Pope Email

Teacher: Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

Spiritual Director: Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

Notes and Events:

 

The Chicago Ratna Shri Sangha is a non-profit organization dedicated to the practice of Tibetan Buddhism as passed down in the Drikung Kagyu Lineage founded by Lord Jigten Sumgon in the 12th Century. Born in Tibet Lord Jigten Sumgon (Rinchen Phel or Ratna Shri in Sanskrit) was an emanation of Buddha Shakyamuni and was considered to be one of the greatest disciples of Phagmo Drupa, who named him as his successor.

 

Founded in 1994 by the Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche, Chicago Ratna Shri Sangha has sustained itself with regular practice in the homes of local practitioners and teachings given by the precious lamas of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, who have been invited several times yearly.

 

Under the guidance of our spiritual director, Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, we are striving to establish a strong center dedicated to serving the Chicago area as a place for teachings, practice, contemplation, and meditation. Under the guidance of Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, our goal is to sponsor regular retreats, teachings, and to maintain our regular weekly practice. In the future we hope to establish a broader spectrum of activities to benefit both the local community and other communities worldwide.

 

Diamond Way Buddhist Center Chicago

 

Address: 830 N Hermitage #1 Chicago IL 60622

Tradition: Vajrayana, Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

Affiliation: Diamond Way Buddhism

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.diamondway.org/chicago

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Teacher: Lama Ole Nydahl

Spiritual Director: H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje

Notes and Events:

 

Diamond Way Buddhist Center: Chicago is part of an international network of over 500 meditation centers in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The centers were founded and are directed by Lama Ole Nydahl according to the wishes of H.H. 16th Karmapa. They are now under the spiritual guidance of H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje.

 

The main practice in all our centers is the Guru Yoga meditation on the 16th Karmapa. This meditation is guided in English and lasts around 30 minutes. There is a relaxed social atmosphere in the centers, refreshments are provided, and questions are encouraged. Our weekly meditation evenings are open to the public and are free of charge.

 

Public Meditations

 

 

 

Mondays and Fridays 8:00pm – Ten-minute talk, followed by - 8:15pm – Public Meditation

 

 

 

The program begins with a short introduction on a Buddhist topic, followed by a guided meditation. The regular meditation is the Guru Yoga meditation on the 16th Karmapa and is guided in English. It generally lasts around 30 minutes.

 

Rigpa Chicago

 

Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Nyingma (Rigpa)

Phone: (866) 200-5876

E-mail: [email protected]gmail.com

Website: http://chicago.usa.rigpa.org/

Spiritual Director: Sogyal Rinpoche

Notes and Events:

 

Rigpa aims to present the Buddhist tradition of Tibet in a way that is both completely authentic, and as relevant as possible to the lives and needs of modern men and women.

 

Open to all schools and traditions of Buddhist wisdom, and with the guidance and gracious patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rigpa offers those following the Buddhist teachings a complete path of study and practice, along with the environment they need to experience the teachings fully.

 

Truc Lam (Vietnamese) Buddhist Temple)

 

Address: 1521 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Vietnamese

Phone: (773) 506-0749

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.chuatruclamchicago.org

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Main Contact: Ven. Thich Hanh Tuan Email (Phone: 773-641-4336)

Spiritual Director: Ven. Thich Hanh Tuan Email (Phone: 773-641-4336)

Notes and Events:

 

We teach Vietnamese Buddhism or Mahayana Vietnamese Buddhism, the combination of two traditions of Buddhism, Pure Land and Chan (Thien) Buddhism.

 

Underdog Zendo

 

Address: 2950 West Chicago Ave. #201, Chicago, IL 60622 Chicago IL 60622

Tradition: Mahayana, Zen Buddhist

Affiliation: Drinking Gourd Institute, Buddhist Temple of Toledo

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://UnderdogZendo.com

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UZ Practice Leader: Fugon Mugen Email

Senior Dharma Teacher: Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik

Notes and Events:

 

Underdog Zendo is a vibrant Zen Practice Group located on the West Side of Chicago. We are a growing Sangha of open-minded folks coming together to practice Zazen. U-Z is dedicated to providing a positive space for all those interested in the path of enlightenment & the practice of Zen Buddhism. We hold Weekly Zen Practice every Sunday 4-6pm - All welcome!

 

May all beings awaken*

 

Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago

 

Address: 608 Dempster Street, Evanston IL 60202

Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen

Phone: (847) 272-2070

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.zbtc.org

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Spiritual Director: Rev. Kongo Langlois Roshi

Notes and Events:

 

The Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago is one of the oldest practicing Zen centers in the United States and the oldest continually-operating Chicago area Zen center. The Temple was founded in 1949 by Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka Roshi, whose family in Japan has a history of Zen priests dating back six hundred years.

 

Daikaku Kongo Roshi (Richard Langlois), Matsuoka Roshi’s disciple and dharma successor, became the Abbot and served in that post for 28 years. Kongo Roshi vigorously carried on the Zen traditions and teachings emphasizing the pure zazen (meditation) practice of shikantaza (just sitting) until his death in 1999.

 

The Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago, inspired by our history, continues on in our tradition of promoting and supporting strong Zen practice.

 

Zen Life & Meditation Center of Chicago

 

Address: 38 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60302 IL

Tradition: Mahayana, Soto and Rinzai Zen

Affiliation: Whilte Plum Lineage

Phone: (708) 689-1220

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.zlmc.org

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Contact: Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

Spiritual Director: Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

Notes and Events:

 

The Zen Life & Meditation Center of Chicago empowers others to live a more effective Zen-inspired life of openness, empathy and clarity in the face of uncertainty and change. It offers a comprehensive core curriculum that grounds students in mindfulness meditation. Drawing on many Western teachings from psychology, science and philosophy. it teaches a practical, down-to-earth, applied Zen practice for daily life. It offers free weekly meditations and its teachings and practices are open to everyone regardless of race, religion or culture.

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Ive been to Osho's Ashram and Id say its more than worth it.

 

Do the practices..apply it to real life, see what works what doesnt

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For example, I would say that the complete list left by xabir2005 are all immature,

You don't know for a fact.

 

I can't know for a fact that All are mature, but I am sure that many are.

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You don't know for a fact.

 

I can't know for a fact that All are mature, but I am sure that many are.

 

Of course,...that's why my complete expression was:

 

"For example, I would say that the complete list left by xabir2005 are all immature, in that their focus will be upon teaching you the Tradition that they were taught. They will point you in many directions, except the one you currently wish to travel,...thus hoping you will "settle" for their Tradition, which after all, is the "true Tradition.""

 

I am actually familiar with a few of those listed organizations. Some would even suggest that they are great for beginners. My opinion is quite the opposite.

 

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Check out LifeSurfer.org. They're in Chicago, they have a monthly Full Moon meditation that is right out of Osho's play book. While he's not a role model for me, I really like the free style of his meditations.

 

Also, great list Xabir. I've listened to lectures and read some of he works by Rev Kubose of the Chicago Buddhist Temple, he's very good.

 

 

They're also having some Osho classes starting next week.

 

Daily Meditations Intensive June 3 - 17 2012

 

OSHO Intensive Info Evening:

Saturday May 26 5:30pm to 7:00pm with tasters,

explanations and time for questions. Please sign up even though his evening is free.

Second OSHO Intensive Info Evening at Solay Wellness in Skokie:

 

Wednesday May 23 7:00pm to 8:30pm with tasters,

explanations and time for questions. Please sign up even though his evening is free.

 

About Osho Active Meditations

If you want to live a more fulfilled life, first you will want to know your potential, who you really are. Meditation is the methodology of the science of awareness.

 

Many meditative techniques require one to sit still & silent. But for most of us accumulated stress in our bodymind makes that difficult. To let go of our tensions Osho Active Meditations have been scientifically designed to consciously express and experience repressed feelings and emotions to learn the knack of watching our habitual patterns in a new way.

Details about each meditation offered, click here.

 

Weekend Workshop June 9 & 10:

7:00am – 8:15am OSHO Dynamic Meditation™

8:15am-8:45am Tea Break (2 showers available)

 

Sat: 8:45am to 10:00am “OSHO The Forgotten Language of Talking to Your Body Mind™”

Sun: 8:45am to 10:00am "Self Hypnosis For Meditation"

10:00am to 11:30 am Breakfast Break

 

Sat: 11:30am to 12:45am Laughing Meditation

Sun: 11:30am to 12:45am OSHO Nataraj™

12:45am to 2:45pm Lunch Break

2:45pm to 4:00pm OSHO Nadabrahma™

4:14pm to 5:30pm OSHO Kundalini™

5:30pm to 6:30pm Snack/Dinner break

6:30pm to about 8:00/8:30pm OSHO Discourse

 

Good to know:

The first 10 minutes of each meditation is for instructions.

All Meditations start on time and it is not possible to join in late.

Bring your own food (refrigeration is available).

Coffee and teas and water are free.

Edited by thelerner

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I did Osho Dynamic meditations for a while, they ended up making me more angry and unbalanced and when I did a bit of research my experience seemed to be common, I couldn't find anyone who practised them long term with great benefit.

 

His meditations were an experiment in the 60's where he meshed together Sufi, Fourth Way, Primal psychology and Buddhist meditation into one technique to try to create "Zorba the Buddha" out of his students, but it's unclear if he really knew what he was doing. I think you are better off going back to the source and practising the paths Osho took his techniques from which are usually created by knowledgeable masters of wisdom rather than Osho's mishmash of techniques put together.

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I did Osho Dynamic meditations for a while, they ended up making me more angry and unbalanced and when I did a bit of research my experience seemed to be common, I couldn't find anyone who practised them long term with great benefit.

 

His meditations were an experiment in the 60's where he meshed together Sufi, Fourth Way, Primal psychology and Buddhist meditation into one technique to try to create "Zorba the Buddha" out of his students, but it's unclear if he really knew what he was doing. I think you are better off going back to the source and practising the paths Osho took his techniques from which are usually created by knowledgeable masters of wisdom rather than Osho's mishmash of techniques put together.

Osho's central message is no technique and non-action.

 

IMO, techniques and rituals are there to mirror to you aspects of yourself you are unwilling to even admit or look at. They are there to create aspirations so that you may eventually drop them, and as a consequence drop all aspirations altogether. Techniques are just catalysts.

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Well, you found finally one. Me. I did Dynamic every day for 3 months at the ashram in Poona back in the late 70's and it was truly transformative.

I think he's got a couple of them. What did the ashram meditation consist of, if I might ask.

 

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What did the ashram meditation consist of, if I might ask.

 

Osho's Dynamic Meditation has five stages, all done blindfolded to some driving heavy beat music. (Best to get their CD if you really want to do it.) When you read the description, you will probably think, like I first did, that it's totally wacko. Especially at 6 am like they did it in Poona! But that's a good time. Still close to dreamtime, your rational mind usually hasn't got a great grip on you yet!

 

In the first 10 minute segment, you breathe in and out through your nose as fast as you can, pumping with your elbows, and concentrating on your exhalation. (Have a tissue handy) After ten minutes of this, the music changes, and you go into the second stage.

 

Second stage, 10 minutes, catharsis! You just explode into whatever you're feeling, which has been energized by all that breathing. Screaming, laughing, sobbing, pounding pillows, gibberish, rolling on the floor, stomping, whatever comes up you act it out. If you don't feel anything you pretend and act that out, which will often surprise you at the intensity of what emerges from what was originally just pretending. The music changes again, and you shift to the third stage (this is the one that can be hard to shift gears if you've really gone into the catharsis.)

 

Third stage, 10 minutes. You raise your arms over your head and jump up and down, shouting Hoo!...Hoo!...Hoo! each time you come down hard on your heels, letting the sound hammer deep into your belly. (This is the one that takes incredible physical stamina to continue for 10 minutes full speed. It's actually a kind of sufi technique. When your body gets strong enough, this can feel like you are BEING jumped, ecstatic. ) This ends in a loud command "STOP!!!!" followed by silence. You freeze in whatever position you are in, theoretically standing with your arms over your head for the next 15 minutes.

 

Fourth stage. You stand there for 15 minutes in silence. You just watch.

Then the music comes back, and you get the fifth stage, where you get to dance. Celebrate! (For some, they're just celebrating that it's OVER!)

15 minutes of great flowing music. If you have really gone for it through all these stages, you won't believe how free and light you feel. Well, anyway, that's what happens to me.

 

I love Dynamic.

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