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Welcome to the DDMBA Chicago Chapter!


Upcoming Special Events:

Join us for the celebration of Buddha’s Birthday on Sun May 12 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM. There will Potluck after the ceremony !

Weekly Events:

Join the weekly Sunday morning sittings (8:30 AM – 10 AM) and Chan workshop / book study (10:10 AM – 11:30 AM). Please check the calendar for more details! If you can’t join in person, join via zoom !

Weekly Yoga has resumed! Please check the event calendar for more details and contact Iris if you intend to join!

Our center now also has a youtube channel where you will find recordings of the Sunday Chan Workshop and of upcoming retreats.

Besides, also check out DDM Chicago’s audio podcast that features recordings of Dharma talks from past retreats between 2011 – 2022.



Welcome to the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association Chicago Chapter (DDM Chicago). We are a Buddhist meditation center located in Wheeling, IL. We teach and promote the understanding and practice of Chan Buddhism, cultivating wisdom and compassion, and the freedom and ease of body and mind through Chan practice.

The vision behind our efforts is that of “Uplifting the Character of Humanity and Building a Pure Land on Earth” as promoted by our late teacher and Founder of DDM, Chan Master Sheng Yen. Our localized mission is to create a vibrant and sustainable community by encouraging spiritual growth and promoting happiness.

To achieve the vision and mission, we offer various practice and caring programs, including group meditation programs, chanting, book study, social activities, and more. Through fluent English and Chinese language skills, we help to bring benefits to both English and Chinese speakers, in their individual lives and throughout the society, through an understanding of Buddhism as a living philosophy.


Online Sunday morning meditation and Dharma class.

If you cannot join in person at our DDMBA Center in Wheeling you are welcome join online by clicking on this link.

SCHEDULE:

  • 08:30am – 09:00am : Eight Form Moving Meditation
  • 09:00am – 09:45am : Sitting Meditation
  • 09:45am – 10:00am : Morning Service
  • 10:00am – 11:30am : Book Study


*** New! *** Membership program: Please Register here!

“To know the arising mind is the non-arising Mind”

Chan Wisdom

Past Events:

!!! Registration now open !!!

In-person 2 day Chan Retreat / Lecture Series with Venerable Guo Goang in April (Sat, Apr 13 – Sun, Apr 14, 2024): The influence of the “Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana” Treatise on Chinese BuddhismTo Register, please fill out this Registration Form.

!!! Registration now open !!!

In-person 3 day Chan retreat with Venerable Guo Goang in April (Fri, Apr 5 – Sun, Apr 7, 2024): Worldly and World Transcending PathsTo Register, please fill out this Registration Form. On Sunday, after the retreat there will be an opportunity to Take Refuge in the Three Jewels and to formally become a Buddhist and receive a Dharma name (please see info in the event description).

Beginner’s meditation class with Iris on Sat, March 9, 2024. — Online Registration is now open!

Join us for the Transmission of the Lamp of Wisdom on Sun, Feb 4th, 2024 Ceremony (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM) and Potluck (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM). If you can’t join in person, join via zoom !

In-person 2 day Chan retreat with Venerable Guo Xing in October (Fri, Oct 6 – Sun, Oct 8, 2023): The Fingers Pointing to the MoonRetreat is now fully booked. If you haven’t registered yet please let us know and we will put your name on the waiting list. On Sunday there will be an opportunity to Take Refuge in the Three Jewels and to formally become a Buddhist and receive a Dharma name.

Beginner’s meditation class with Iris on Sat, Sep 16, 2023. — Online Registration is now open !

Beginner’s meditation class with Iris on Sat, Jun 17, 2023. A great way to learn about the theory and practice of Chan meditation — Online Registration is now open !

Join us for Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony on Sun, May 14th, 2023 with the Former Abbot President, Venerable Guo Dong. After the ceremony there will be an opportunity to Take Refuge in the Three Jewels and to formally become a Buddhist and receive a Dharma name.

Join us for the Transmission of the Lamp of Wisdom (1/2 day Retreat & Ceremony) on Sun, Feb 5th, 2023 Mini-Retreat (8:30 AM – 11 AM) and Ceremony (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM). If you can’t join in person, join via zoom !

Beginner’s meditation class with Iris on Sat, Jan 14, 2023. — Online Registration is now open !

In-person 2 1/2 day retreat with Chan Master Gilbert Gutierrez in November (Fri, Nov 11 – Sun, Nov 13, 2022): Preserving the Essence of Chan: Right View Theory and Practice — We are now on a Waitlist. Link to the Retreat schedule.