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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

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.