• 1234 N River Road, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
  • (123) 456-7890
  • ddmbachicago@gmail.com

Our “New Home” Vow

Since 2003, DDMBA-Chicago has guided countless hours of group meditation practices, compassionate chanting, retreats and community outreach programs. We invited numerous visiting venerables and Dharma teachers to enrich our studies. Hundreds of members have come through our doors to participate in Dharma activates, to formally take Refuges in The Three Jewels, or to seek guidance in the face of adversities. In order to bring Dharma to everyone, we have made it a priority to provide activities in both Chinese and English, to serve Americans, immigrants from all over the world, as well as their American-born children.

With the support of dedicated members and volunteers, our center continues to thrive with new members and events. In recent years, we have had to turn away retreat applicants due to our lack of proper facilities to accommodate them. Thus, in 2014, we made the great vow to seek to purchase a better place of our own, where we can take permanent root in our community and to share the joys and benefits of Chan Buddhism with more people. Our goal is to complete this purchase within 3-5 years, by raising $1.5 million. We sincerely seek your support in helping us realize a new and expanded home that can meet our growing needs to spread the essence of Chan Buddhism. At the new Chan Center, we look forward to continuing our efforts in —

“Uplifting the Character of Humanity and Building a Pure Land on Earth”

Early 2014, the Dharma Drum Mountain Sangha granted approval to our “NEW HOME PLAN”. With Belinda Li as our leader, we have formed a “New Home Task Force”, and the total members of this Task Force has since grown from eight to eleven:

Belinda Li (Task Force Chair)
Isabel Huang
Yung-Wu Chen
Fu-Shih Lin
Melisande Resendiz
Phyllis Lee
Shiou Loh
Teresa Tsai
Patty Chen
Julia Hsai
Angela Lim

Advisors: Jerry Wang, Iris Wang

New Home Visions

A Chance to Have a Resident Venerable

in London

• by purchasing our own property, we will be qualified to apply for a Resident Venerable monk or nun to stay and lead us, to further our Chan practi...

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A Quiet Library

in London

• a library with a door for quiet study

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A Better Supporting Facility

in London

• a fully-equipped kitchen • a dining hall away from practice & study areas • showers & more bathrooms for overnight retreatants

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An Ideal Space for the “New Home”
The Whole Center 8,000 – 10,000 sq. ft. (internal space)
Chan Hall 50-60 seated meditation, or 120 chairs capacity
Meeting Room/ Classroom At least one separate room(s) with its own door. Could be used to hold parallel events with the Chan Hall, and/or act as babysitting room / classroom.
Library Separate room with its own door preferred
Office / Reception 5-10 people capacity
Kitchen Full kitchen – able to prepare meals for 50 people
Sleeping Quarters 2 rooms for Venerables
Storage Space At least double our current storage units’ combined size
Parking Lot At least 50 dedicated parking spots for our Center
Bathrooms At least 3-5 stalls for each gender (maybe more stalls for female), with shower facilities
Outdoor Space A grassy space (as part of our center, or very nearby) for outdoor walking meditation would be a bonus
Location Quiet but convenient to public transportation, including for those coming from Chicago city, while not making it too far to travel for our current regular members.
Budget Target: $1,500,000 (hopefully enough to also pay for any repairs and reconstruction)
Ideally, we can fund-raise full amount and pay in full upfront – this will mean no mortgage payments needed over time.

A Larger Chan Hall

in London

• a larger Chan hall to accommodate more people for sitting, walking, running & moving meditation practices, for bigger events and Dharma ceremonies...

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A Multi-Functional Space

in London

• a space with functional interior layout that can support different events to be conducted simultaneously

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A Family-Friendly Facility

in London

• an activity room for children and youth

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