This relative newcomer, founded in 2003 by Taigen Dan Leighton, focuses on Soto Zen meditation practice. Weekly meditation services include a 30-minute introduction for beginners, followed by 40 minutes of zazen (zen meditation) and a 15-minute Soto Zen Buddhist service that includes chanting. A Dharma discussion follows, focusing on Taigen's teachings through writings and Dharma talks.
In additional to weekly meditation, the temple also offers half-day sitting sessions that combine zazen, zen chants and a dharma discussion, with lunch and socializing afterward. Additional special events are listed on its Web site; all services are held at Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center, tucked among tulips and trees in along a quiet, tree-lined street in Lincoln Park. Comfortable, clean and filled with light, this spot provides a peaceful setting within which to meditate.
Centerstage Reviewer: Genevra Gallo