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The Buddhist Council of the Midwest counts among its memership all Buddhist Traditions. Our mission is to promote the spread of the Dharma by fostering the learning and practice of Buddhism in America, inclusive of all three Buddhist traditions. The Buddhist Council of the Midwest is a vehicle of mutual aid and fellowship for Buddhist organizations thought the Midwest, endeavoring to celebrate the diversity of Buddhist philosophy and culture, and to represent and advocate for the Buddhist community in the public realm, confronting misunderstandings or misrepresentations of the Dharma and engaging in inter-religious dialogue.

Theravada

Liberation Park is a Buddhist community, study and practice center in Oak Park, Illinois. Their practice of early Buddhism emulates the approach of Ajahn Buddhadasa of Suan Mokkh (in Thailand); while endeavoring to be well grounded in tradition and open to the modern world -- ecumenical, socially progressive, non-patriarchal and pragmatic - with creative insight. LINK

Wat Dhammaram is the Thai Buddhist Temple of Chicago. Its mission is to maintain and promote Buddhist teaching and Thai culture, and to organize Buddhist followers for religious and charitable activities. “Vipassana Meditation Center” (VMC), serves as a meditation center as well. There is a Sunday School for young students and adults, and a cultural center that is open to the public. LINK

Insight Chicago, part of the Prairie Sangha Network is a community of practitioners of Vipassana meditation, based on methods in the Thai Forest manner as taught by Ven. Ajahn Chaa, in the Theravada tradition.. The sangha was founded in 2000 by Nancy Randleman and Ellen McCammon with the guidance and teaching of Sandra Hammond. The sangha provides a variety of offerings, such as weekly sits, periodic days of mindfulness, as well as longer retreats. Visiting teachers include Sandra Hammond, Andrew Getz, Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia, and Santikaro (Liberation Park).

Varayana

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

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

Mahayana

Soka Gakkai International-USA (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. Its membership reflects a broad range of ethnic and social diversity. SGI-USA is affiliated with the worldwide SGI organization that has more than 12 million members in more than 190 countries and territories, with its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. LINK

The Chicago Zen Center, established in 1974, is a non-sectarian temple, and a growing Zen community in Evanston, IL. They offer daily sittings, dharma talks, meditation retreats, and residential training. Their practice core is Harada-Yasutani Koan Curriculum, resting on a Soto Zen meditation base. The temple includes a variety of sincere practitioners both lay and ordained. LINK




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