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Shambala Center
The Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago was founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist Master, artist and poet. Mindfulness-awareness meditation practice and instruction are available several times each week, free of charge, and classes are offered in Buddhist studies, Shambhala Training, and Contemplative Arts. The Shambhala community welcomes people of any spiritual background or way of life. LINK

Here are three relevant articles from the July 2005 edition of Shambala Sun

"The Wise Woman Who Talked Back to God"
The Ancient Buddhist tale of the Seven Wise Sisters has Zen Teacher Bonnie Myotai Treace thinking about the koan of gender. LINK

"How American Women Are Changing Buddhism"
American Women are taking Buddhism away from its patriarchal past, participating confidently as practitioners, teachers, and leaders. The job is not finished, says Rita M. Gross, one of Buddhism's leading feminist thinkers, but the role of American Buddhist women is unprecedented and may change Buddhism forever. LINK

"Women's Liberation"
Whether they call it soul, spirit, atman or buddhanature, all the major religions say that men and women have the same essential nature. Yet in practice these religions are dominated by men, and women are often not held as equals. Our panel discusses the realities, hopes, and struggles of women in three of the world's major religions. LINK

The Rime Foundation
Rime ("ree-may") is Tibetan for "unbiased" and the Rime Movement began in Tibet in the 19the century to bridge the Foundation promotes the Dharma by sponsoring teachings in Chicago by Vajrayana masters from different traditions. LINK

Soka Gakkai International (SGI-USA) is an American Buddhist association that promotes world peace and individual happiness based on the teachings of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism. LINK

Buddha Dharma Meditation Center
The Buddha-Dharma Meditation Center (BMC for short) is a Theravada Buddhist Temple and edcuation center founded in 1986 by Thai and American Buddhists in the western suburbs of Chicago. LINK

Liberation Park
Offers meditation classes, regular sittings, & other activities in Oak Park. Tehrevadan Tradition. LINK

Chicago Zen Center
Established in 1944, the Chicago Zen Center is a non-sectarian temple in the Japanese Mahayana tradition. LINK

Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF)
Founded in 1978, the BPF serves as a catalyst for socially engaged Buddhism. BPF's programs, publications, and practice groups link Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion with progressive social change. LINK

Access in Insight: Gateways to Theravada Buddhism. (www.accesstoinsight.org)

  • Fantastic set of translations of suttas from the Pali Canon
Osel Shen Phen Ling: The Tibetan Buddhist Center. (www.fpmt-osel.org)
  • A particularly beautiful web site, with lovely teachings from modern lamas.
BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information Network. (www.buddhanet.net)
  • Rich site, with a great glossary by Ven. S. Dhammika, and many downloadable texts of all traditions.
The White Path Temple: Shin Buddhism. (www.mew.com/shin/)
  • Many articles and resources regarding the popular Shin tradition.
The Buddhist Library (worldtrans.org/CyberSangha/csindex.html)
  • A very large collection of Buddhist texts and commentary.
Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. (www.tricycle.com)
  • A site associated with the magazine Tricycle.
The Journal of Buddhist Ethics. (jbe.la.psu.edu)
  • Very technical, philosophical free internet publication.
The E-Sangha. (www.e-sangha.com)
  • A large and active Buddhist discussion forum.

Buddhist Council of the Midwest

  • The Buddhist Council of the Midwest (BCM) is an organization for all Buddhist groups in Chicago and the Midwest area.
Buddhist Temple of Chicago
  • Established in 1944, the Buddhist Temple of Chicago is a non-sectarian temple in the Japanese Mahayana tradition.

Shambhala Sun Online

  • Shambhala Sun is the magazine about waking up. It celebrates the spirit of wakefulness wherever it appears - in the arts, relationships, politics, livelihood, popular culture, and all the challenges of modern life.

Buddha Dharma Online

  • Buddha Dharma - The Practitioner's Quarterly is the first in-depth, practice-oriented journal for everyone with a serious interest in Buddhism.

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