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Retreats

Zen Meditation Retreats for Increasing Mindfulness

We strongly encourage everyone to step back from their busy lives and attend retreats as often as possible. They are a wonderful way to deepen your practice.  

We have been offering meditation retreats for over 25 years. We now offer 3 seven-day retreats each year as well as several three-day meditation retreats. These retreats are non-residential and are conducted in deep silence. They involve intensive meditation, daily dharma talks, interviews with teachers, morning services, work practice rest, the Practice of Immediacy in the Arts® and 3 delicious Zen home-cooked meals a day (meals for full-time participants)

If you live in the area you can sleep at home.

If you are traveling from a distance, the Zen Center is located about 20 minutes drive from either the O'hare International Airport or the Midway Airport. You may make reservations at The Carleton of Oak Park which is close to the Green Line train which goes right by the Zen Center. It's about a 5 minute train ride away. You  may choose to also find cheaper accommodations at local Airbnb's. There are many such rental opportunities in Oak Park. If you wish, we can also provide you with car transportation to and from your hotel or Airbnb, as long as it's within the immediate area of the Zen Center.  

We ask that you have an established meditation practice before you come to the retreats. 

Upcoming 2017 Retreats:

Spring Seven-day Retreat: March 19-26

Women's Retreat: Daughters of Emptiness, Mothers of Compassion, April 28-30

Fall Seven-day Retreat: September 3-10

Winter Seven-day Retreat: November 26-Dec. 3


Spring Seven Day Meditation Retreats (Sesshin)
March 19-26, 2017

This nonresidential retreat is held in deep silence. It includes intensive meditation, morning Zen services, daily dharma talks, practice of immediacy™, private interviews with teachers, work practice, rest and 3 delicious home-cooked Zen meals each day. 

This retreat begins Sunday evening, March 19th at 7 pm. If you are using one of the part-time options, we ask that you please come to this first evening meditation where everyone gets a brief orientation to the retreat. The retreat ends the following Sunday at 12 noon. 

Cost (Passes available for this retreat)

Non-members:

  • Full Time Participation Pass - $525
  • All Morning Pass - $175 (attend all morning meditation 5:30 - 7 am plus the morning service)
  • All Evening Pass = $175  (attend all evening meditation 7 - 9 pm)

Members

  • Full Time Participation Pass -  $420
  • All Morning Pass = $140 (attend all morning meditation 5:30 - 7 am plus the morning service)
  • All Evening Pass-Member = $140

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Daughers of Emptiness, Mothers of Compassion:
A Prajna Paramita/Kuan Yin Retreat for Women

April 28-30, 2017

The empty/full, infinite Womb of Prajna Wisdom is birthing each of us, her daughters.   To be Prajna Paramita’s daughters in the diverse forms of 21st century American women also calls us to live as mothers of compassion.  This is the vow of the bodhisattva Kuan Yin (Tara).

What are the Bodhisattva vows?  Together we will explore them:     

*Thevow to free ourselves and everyone from suffering:  To be compassion.

*The vow to wake up from the delusion of separation and certainty: To be wisdom.

*The vow to enter all situations and experiences:  To be inclusive

* The vow to remember and embody the Way of awakening: To not give up!

Schedule:
Friday, April 28, 7-9 pm
Saturday, April 29, 9am-9pm
(with delicious lunch and supper breakers)
Sunday, April 30, Sunday Morning Zen
9-10 am meditation
10-11am - Dharma Talk by Prajnatara Paula Hirschboeck

Cost:
$250, $195 for ZLMC Members

Teachers:
 

Sensei June Ryushin Tanoue, MPH is a dharma successor of Robert Althouse and co-founder of the Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago.  June is a Kumu Hula (master Hula teacher) and founder of Halau I Ka Pono - The Hula School of Chicago. She has worked for 24 years in food banking. She is a Reiki Master and studied La’au Lapaau (healing with herbs & spirituality) with Henry Allen Auwae.

Sensei Pranjnatara Paula Hirschboeck,  is a Zen Buddhist priest and guiding teacher for “Sophia Zen Sangha,” a practice community for women in Madison and in South Central Wisconsin.  She is a retired Professor of Philosophy and was a member of the Sinsinawa Dominicans for many years. 

In 2016 Paula received Dharma Transmission from Sojun Diane Martin, her teacher and the founder of Udumbara Zen Center in Illinois.  She is a Sensei (teacher) in the Soto Zen lineage whohas also given a variety of retreatson women’s spirituality, eco-spirituality, and interfaith spirituality, particularly Zen and Christian mysticism. 


The only part-time passes are available for 7 day retreats and consists of participating in all of the morning meditations or all of the evening meditations. 

We will only be able to refund your fee, if you cancel at least one week before the retreat. The passes you buy for a retreat are only good for that retreat and no others. 

Fall Seven Day Meditation Retreats (Sesshin)
September 3-10, 2017

This nonresidential retreat is held in deep silence. It includes intensive meditation, morning Zen services, daily dharma talks, practice of immediacy™, private interviews with teachers, work practice, rest and 3 delicious home-cooked Zen meals each day. 

This retreat begins Sunday evening, September 3rd at 7 pm. If you are using one of the part-time options, we ask that you please come to this first evening meditation where everyone gets a brief orientation to the retreat. The retreat ends the following Sunday at 12 noon. 

Cost (Passes available for this retreat)

Non-members:

  • Full Time Participation Pass - $525
  • All Morning Pass - $175 (attend all morning meditation 5:30 - 7 am plus the morning service)
  • All Evening Pass = $175  (attend all evening meditation 7 - 9 pm)

Members

  • Full Time Participation Pass -  $420
  • All Morning Pass = $140 (attend all morning meditation 5:30 - 7 am plus the morning service)
  • All Evening Pass-Member = $140

Winter Seven Day Meditation Retreats (Sesshin)
November 26-December 3, 2017

This nonresidential retreat is held in deep silence. It includes intensive meditation, morning Zen services, daily dharma talks, practice of immediacy™, private interviews with teachers, work practice, rest and 3 delicious home-cooked Zen meals each day. 

This retreat begins Sunday evening, November 26th at 7 pm. If you are using one of the part-time options, we ask that you please come to this first evening meditation where everyone gets a brief orientation to the retreat. The retreat ends the following Sunday at 12 noon. 

Cost (Passes available for this retreat)

Non-members:

  • Full Time Participation Pass - $525
  • All Morning Pass - $175 (attend all morning meditation 5:30 - 7 am plus the morning service)
  • All Evening Pass = $175  (attend all evening meditation 7 - 9 pm)

Members

  • Full Time Participation Pass -  $420
  • All Morning Pass = $140 (attend all morning meditation 5:30 - 7 am plus the morning service)
  • All Evening Pass-Member = $140