Heartland Sangha takes a very American approach to Buddhism, building on the intentions of founder Reverend Gyomay Kobose (who also founded the Buddhist Temple of Chicago). Rev. Kuobse founded this meditation group in 1989, embracing a non-dualistic, pan-sectarian Buddhism. The group holds meditation services in two different locations (Lake Street Church and the Buddhist Temple of Chicago) and focuses on religious activities and community outreach.
Weekly meditation includes sitting and walking, followed by dharma talks, readings and chants. While the group's roots are in Japanese Buddhism, it takes a unique approach, incorporating elements often found in Western services and allowing laypeople (practitioners who are not monks, teachers or priests) to develop services and organize programs in the community.
Centerstage Reviewer: Genevra Gallo