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Student and Campus Groups

Buddhist Association

The Buddhist Association supports Buddhist activities, including several weekly on-campus meditation groups and occasional retreats.
Seth Auster-Rosen student contact

Dharma Stream

Please join us for Tibetan Buddhist meditation in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions on Fridays at 3:30 pm in Swift Hall, Room 400. 20-30 minute weekly teachings and meditation instructions are followed by an informal discussion to reflect upon the teachings and practices given by Phakchok Rinpoche.  No experience with Buddhism or religious commitment is necessary, and all are welcome to join at any point. Seth Auster-Rosen student contact.

Soto Zen Buddhist Meditation 

Zen Buddhist meditation is offered at Rockefeller Chapel on Wednesdays in collaboration with Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. Weekly practice (Wednesdays at 5:30 pm in Rockefeller Chapel) includes Soto Zen meditation instruction, followed by 35 minutes of meditation and a concluding dharma talk or discussion (with Taigen Dan Leighton on the first Wednesday of each month).

Wake Up UChicago

Wake Up is an active global community of young adults established by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2008.  Join this UChicago group for one hour of mindfulness with sitting meditation, walking meditation, and talking/relaxing and sharing. Spring 2017 meetings: Sundays, 1–2 pm in Ida Noyes 034.
Robbie Sanders student contact

Campus Resources

Eric Shutt

Community Resources

Samatha Buddhist Meditation meets at various locations near campus.
Hyde Park Vipassana Meditation

Shambhala meditation meets at the Shambhala Center in the West Loop.
Bodhi Path Buddhist Center of Chicago 4043 N. Ravenswood, Suite #214 
Zen Buddhist Temple Chicago 1710 W. Cornelia Avenue 
Midwest Buddhist Temple 435 W. Menomonee Street 
Buddhist Temple of Chicago 1151 W. Leland Avenue 
Ancient Dragon Zen Gate 1922 W. Irving Park Road 
Buddhist Peace Fellowship Chicago Chapter

Spiritual Life is happy to provide resources for LGBTQ students who wish to find a religious, spiritual, and/or philosophical student group or community which fully welcomes them into ritual observances and leadership roles.