Located in Evanston, this unpretentious temple offers meditation services in the Soto Zen tradition, which include chanting, zazen (seated meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation). Newcomers are very welcomed, and instructions are offered before each service, which lasts about two hours. The temple shares space with the adjacent Chinese Cultural Academy, allowing students access to books, special events and classes (such as tai chi).
A simple storefront with an intimate feel, this temple offers a lot of personal attention. No special clothing is required, and those seeking more intense study can take advantage of meditation retreats and guest speakers. Incense, audiocassettes and other meditation supplies are available on site and will soon be sold online as well.
Centerstage Reviewer: Genevra Gallo