Description of Organization
Zen Life & Meditation Center of Chicago (ZLMC) offers a comprehensive core curriculum (http://www.zlmc.org/summary.html) providing principles and practices for living a Zen-inspired life of openness, empathy and clarity. Their vision is to live in an awakened world that transforms suffering into compassion, and delusion into clarity, through the realization of authentic expression. They do this by offering a wide array of teachings such as meditation, retreats, workshops, and Fridays with Roshi. They also provide wellness programs such as Private Zen Counseling, Reiki and Corporate Wellness Programs. At ZLMC, mindfulness meditation is the cornerstone of living a Zen-inspired life. It is taught and practiced in a secular way that makes it easily accessible to everyone.
In the 3rd quarter of 2018, Zen Life & Meditation Center received a $25,000 grant in support of increasing their mindfulness meditation training to the greater Chicago area metropolitan area by building capacity in their administrative and planning team as well as organizing outreach and marketing. Specifically, this grant was utilized to hire an Administrative Director who performs many of the administrative tasks previously done by co-founders and to develop an online meditation course to expand Zen Life Chicago’s reach to national and international audiences and as a potential source of membership and referrals for meditation training opportunities.
In August, 2010, a Lenz Foundation grant of $500 was made to enable two ZLMC participants to register for the 2011 Soul of Money workshop & conferences.