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Welcome to DDM Chicago!

Welcome to the Chicago Chapter of the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association. We are a Buddhist meditation center located North of Chicago (in Wheeling, IL) and practice Chan Buddhism (the Chinese precursor of ‘Zen’) in the tradition of Chan Master Sheng Yen.


Upcoming Special Events:

Beginner’s meditation class with Iris on Sat, July 20, 2024. Online Registration is now open! If you are new to Chan/Zen meditation and would like to learn the basic techniques and principles then this class will provide everything you need to establish a daily sitting practice.

In-person 1-day Special Chan retreat / Dharma talk series with Venerable Guo Xing on Thu, Sep 5, 2024: Dongshan’s 5 Ranks. If you are interested in attending please RSVP here which will help us assess in advance how much interest there is in the event. Thank you!

In-person 3-day Chan retreat with Venerable Guo Xing in September (Fri, Sep 6 – Sun, Sep 8, 2024): The Fingers Pointing to the Moon. Please register in advance by clicking on this link. 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.


Weekly Events:

Join our 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 Sunday Morning Meditation & Dharma Class:

Schedule:

  • 08:30 AM : 8 Chan Movements
  • 09:00 AM : Sitting Meditation
  • 09:45 AM : Morning Service
  • 10:15 AM : Book Study
  • 11:30 AM : Lunch

We invite you to join the weekly Sunday Morning Meditation sittings at our DDMBA Center in Wheeling. Drop-ins are welcome! If you cannot join in person you can do so online by clicking on this link.

Weekly Yoga:

Join us for our Weekly Yoga Classes! Please check the event calendar for more details and contact Iris if you have any questions.

YouTube Channel & Podcast:

Check out our Center’s YouTube channel where you will find recordings of our weekly Sunday Chan Workshop and of Dharma talks by visiting Dharma teachers.

Also check out our Audio Podcast that features recordings of Dharma talks from past retreats by various teachers given at our Center.


For more information please sign up for the mailing list !


The vision behind our efforts is: Uplifting the Character of Humanity and Building a Pure Land on Earth as formulated by our late teacher and founder of DDM, Chan Master Sheng Yen. Our mission is to create a vibrant community which encourages spiritual growth and promotes happiness, wisdom and compassion.

We offer various practices that include group meditation sessions, book studies, chanting, recitation of sutras and mantras, Dharma classes, social activities, and more.  Our center is multi-lingual, fluent in both, English and Chinese, and aims at cultivating an understanding of Chan Buddhism as an embodied practice and living philosophy that can be very well integrated in the busy lifestyles and the challenges we all encounter in everyday life in America. 


Would you like to become a Member? Join here!

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

Chan Wisdom

Past 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 !

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 Buddhism

In-person 3 day Chan retreat with Venerable Guo Goang in April (Fri, Apr 5 – Sun, Apr 7, 2024): Worldly and World Transcending Paths. 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).

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.

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.