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.


As DDMBA Chicago Chapter currently does not have a suitable site for all the activities and courses we plan to carry out, activities and courses are only offered online  (for a list please see below). 

We are in the process of building a meditation/culture/community center in the City of Prospect Heights.  To this end, we have acquired 3,5 acres of land. We also hired an architect team and submitted a preliminary design to the City of Prospect Heights. We are in the process of preparing civil engineering and landscape plans. Once these documents are ready, we will petition the City of Prospect Heights for special use (religious institution). 

Once the special use petition is granted and the new building is completed, we will start to offer a more comprehensive program on site.

Online Sunday morning meditation and Dharma class.

You can join by clicking on this link.


  • 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

Meals for Heroes

Chicago DDM brings over 5000 meals to local healthcare workers via Meals for Heroes.

(05/14/2020): By means of a very generous gift of $50,000 from one of our members the Chicago Chapter of the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association was able to order more than 5000 meals that were distributed to local hospitals through the “Meals for Heroes” initiative to support the healthcare workers. “Meals for Heroes” is a program created by Savory Salads in Illinois to provide healthy meals to hospitals in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs as a means to thank our healthcare workers. With the donation Savory Salads will deliver 5,000 meals to local hospitals for the next 6 weeks.

COVID-19 Relief Project

DDMBA Chicago donates Masks to neighboring organizations

(05/14/2020): In an effort to support our community, DDMBA Chicago is participating in a larger effort by the Chan Center of New York to address the current shortage of protective masks and medical equipment.  The DDMBA COVID – 19 USA Relief Project  imports these critical items through trusted channels from China and distributes them to nursing homes, hospitals, and local governments in need of Personal Protective Equipment.  Overall, funds raised have enabled the purchase of 100,000 masks and our Chicago DDMBA Chapter has donated 6,000 masks to local organizations. We thank the brave Bodhisattvas that are on the front lines of this Pandemic.

(03/15/2020): Due to increasing threat of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and concerns of our congregants, DDMBA Chicago chapter will be closed to the public until further notice. Gilbert’s retreat scheduled in April is canceled. Please join online activities held by the Chan Meditation Center and Dharma Drum Retreat Center in New York.

We encourage everyone to join online for the Dharma talk (Bilingual, Sun 9-10:30 EST) held at Chan Meditation Center in New York City: 
Online Dharma classes on Agama Sutra will also be available (Chinese, Sat 2-3pm EST) 

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