Millennium Park Zen - Schedule

The Chicago Zen Meditation Community is a Soto Zen Buddhist group led by Rev. Myoshi Thomson.  We offer seven meditation opportunities every week that are open to all: Monday evenings, every weekday morning, and Saturday mornings.  Each meeting is an opportunity to practice zazen (Zen meditation) and many will include a dharma talk and discussion.

If you are new to  Buddhist study and practice, we ask that you participate in  zazen instruction before joining a meeting.  An email telling us that you would like to schedule an individual instruction would be greatly appreciated. We look forward to sitting with you.

  • Monday Evening Zazen

    When Monday evenings at 7:00 pm
    Where - email for the link

    This weekly meeting of zazen, chanting, and dharma talk is open to all.  Meditation starts promptly at 7:00 pm.  Zazen instruction for newcomers to Buddhist study and practice is recommended before attending, and is offered by appointment.

  • Weekday Morning Zazen

    When Weekdays at 6:15 am
    Where - email for the link

    We meet every weekday morning at 6:15 for a half hour of zazen.  All are welcome; an email about your interest in joining us would be appreciated.

  • Saturday Morning Zazen

    When Saturday mornings at 8:00 am
    Where - email for the link

    We meet for a half hour of zazen each Saturday morning at 8:00 am.  

    Once a month, zazen is followed by a social time until 9:00.

    On alternate Saturdays, zazen is followed by a meeting of the Dogen Study Group.

    On the last Saturday of the month, we have an extended Zazenkai.  In good weather, we have been meeting in Jackson Park, from 9:00 to 11:00. This meeting includes two periods of zazen, kinhin and a dharma talk and disussion.

  • Wednesday Zen Study Group

    When Wednesday afternoons, 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
    Where - email for the link

    In these meetings, we study some of the classic zen texts. Because of its seminar-like nature, this group is best for people who can commit to attending regularly. If you are interested in joining us, please email Myoshi through our Contact page.

    This meeting is sponsored by Integrative Health Partners, a psychology practice group specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapy in downtown Chicago.