Founded by Thai and American Bud­dhists, Buddhadharma Meditation Cen­ter (BMC) is one of the fastest-growing Buddhist organizations in the country. Though rooted in the Theravada tradi­tion, its vision is ecumenical and its em­phasis is on meditation. BMC runs a popular Dharma-gift program, a fine li­brary, and an excellent Sunday School. Dharma

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The temple of the Burmese Buddhist As­sociation was founded in October 1987. Its present chief monk is U Kay Thawa. address: 15 West 110 Forest Lane, Elmhurst, IL 60657 PHONE: (708) 941-7608 lineage: Burmese Theravada spiritual head: U Kay Thawa, Chief Monk

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This is the first Cambodian temple in Chicago. We follow the Khmer (Cambo­dian) Theravada tradition. All services are conducted in Khmer. Regular Sunday services are held and religious holidays observed according to the lunar calendar. Attha Sila (Eight Precepts) are taken

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Activities include meditation, religious services, weekend retreats, and dharma talks.

address: 2329 Birch Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018-3109 PHONE: (847) 768-9866 FAX: (847) 768-9862

e-mail: dhammakayail@sprintmail. com lineage: Theravada

spiritual head: Ven. Phra Bhavanavisut

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Though this temple serves the Cambo­dian, Thai, Laotian, and Vietnamese peo­ple of the Chicago area, everyone is welcome. Ven. Sangwoei Khemchom speaks English and will explain activities. We cooperate with other religious and refugee organizations to develop afford­able housing, elderly day care, education, job training, and counseling for Cambo­dians in the Chicago area. Wat Khmer Metta Temple also performs weddings and funeral

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“Beginner’s Mind” Buddhist meditation is held on Sunday mornings at the Unity Temple Unitarian Church. We are a lay Buddhist group whose members were trained by Dr. Phangcham of Wat Dham - maram Thai Buddhist Temple, and we emphasize basic Buddhist meditation. All are welcome to sit with us. address: 875 Lake Street, Oak Park,

IL 60301

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“I live in a rural area about forty-five miles southwest of Rockford. The nearest meditation groups are fifty to a hundred miles away-—too far away to attend on a regular basis. So, I told all the local folks I knew that I was interested in starting a group in the Rock River Valley and within a few months we were meeting. Regular meetings

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Wat Dhammaram is a meeting place for the Buddhist Council of the Midwest and regional headquarters of the American Buddhist Congress. The temple is now a main Theravada Buddhist learning center in the Midwest and a center for the Council of Thai Bhikkhus in the USA. The objectives of the temple are to pro­mote and support

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Wat Phothikaram was established in 1982 by the Laotian communities of Rockford, Elgin, and other cities in Illinois under the leadership of Phra Maha Khamsene Phanthavong and Phra Ajahn Bounmy Kittiphan. This center serves the Laotian community and helps maintain and pre­serve Laotian culture. Our temple was the subject of a documentary film, Buddha and Blue Collar, which was shown on na­tional television.

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Practice at the Des Moines Sitting Group consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation along with lis­tening to taped Dhamma talks, or read­ing aloud from Buddhist texts. While the basic orientation is Vipassana, anyone who meditates or wants to “just sit” is welcome. Contact Charlie Day for the times and locations of meetings. address: 3205 Grand Avenue,

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