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Student and Campus Groups

UChicago Buddhist Association

The UChicago Buddhist Association supports and coordinates Buddhist events and activities on the UChicago campus, the Hyde Park area, and the City of Chicago. General meetings are held once a month in Spiritual  Life (Ida Noyes 034). For more information, join our Facebook group, subscribe to our listhost (—search "Buddhist" and subscribe), or email us at

Dharma Stream

Please join us for Tibetan Buddhist meditation in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. Two 30-minutes weekly teachings and meditation instructions are followed by an informal discussion to reflect upon the teachings and practives given by Phakchok Rinpoche. No experience with Buddhism or religious commitment is necessary, and all are welcome to join at any point. Meets weekly on Wednesdays, 4–5:30 pm in Swift 200. 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. Please arrive by 5:25 pm for meditation. Nicole Yan student contact

Mindful Breath Community

Come practice meditation together in community. Explore ways to engage in daily life more deeply, and with reater mindfulness ease. This group practices in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Sessions include sitting and walking meditation. Optional sharing of dharma and group discussion after meditation. Meets weekly on Tuesdays from 6–7:15 pm in Ida Noyes 034. Contact for more information.

Nalandabodhi Chicago 

Nalandabodhi (NB) is an international Buddhist organization founded by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Come for instruction, exercise, and discussion. No experience is required. Meets weekly on Thursdays from 5–6 pm in Ida Noyes 034. Please contact for more information.

Samatha Meditation

Join us for a graduated course in mindfulness of breathing for the development of calm and clarity through the Buddhist practice of Samatha meditation. Meets weekly on Sundays at 7:30 pm at Chaturanga, 1525 E. 55th St, #302.

Campus Resources

Michael Schnabel 
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.