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Residential training at the Chicago Zen Center is a vehicle for deepening one’s practice and for contributing to the furtherance of the Center.  It allows one to enjoy some of the fruits of monastic-style training (a quiet practice-centered environment, added time in the zendo, service to the sangha, communal work) while remaining engaged in one’s own work and personal life.

Residential training requires a 6-month or 1-year commitment.  Toward the end of each term of residence, the resident will meet with the CZC staff to determine the advisability of continued residential training.  Violations of the Center's ethical guidelines may result in the termination of residency at any time.

Persons interested in pursuing residency should
            be members in good standing of the Chicago Zen Center
            be able to demonstrate financial stability for the duration of the proposed training period
            be free of any psychological, legal or social impediments to residential training
            be interested in pursuing residential training for the purpose of deepening one's practice

            $350.00/month in addition to membership dues

            A bedroom of one's own
            Use of the 1st floor kitchen, bath and all common areas
            Free laundry, household supplies, and utilities (residents supply their own food)
            No sesshin fees

            Attend all scheduled sittings, unless work-related responsibilities or special personal circumstances interfere
            Carry out housekeeping, repair & maintenance, and other responsibilities as determined by the Head of Zendo
            Maintain one's personal effects in a clean and orderly fashion
            Adhere to stated ethical guidelines for living at the Center

Application Process
            After making his/her intentions known, the prospective resident will be interviewed to determine fitness for residency