FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I NEED TO SIT PERFECTLY STILL?
It is not necessary to sit perfectly still in order to participate in meditation or other events.
WHAT IF I NEED A SPECIAL APPOINTMENT WITH THE LAMA?
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE CENTER IS OPEN DURING BAD WEATHER?
In the unlikely event that the weather is extreme, we may need to cancel practice. Please stay tuned to the home page of this website or our Facebook page http://facebook.com/chicagoratnashri for such announcements.
DO I NEED TO BE A BUDDHIST TO ATTEND CHICAGO RATNA SHRI?
Not at all! No previous experience with Buddhism is necessary in order to attend practices. In fact, we all began with no experience!
WHAT TYPES OF PEOPLE ARE WELCOME AT THE CENTER?
We are an open and inclusive sangha, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, income, sexual orientation or political orientation. We are a very diverse group of people with members from many walks of life.
I CANNOT SIT ON THE FLOOR, WILL I BE ABLE TO SIT IN A CHAIR?
We sit on cushions at the center. In addition, we have chairs available. If you would like to bring a different seat, you are welcome to do so.
ARE THERE ANY RULES I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BEFORE COMING TO THE CENTER?
WHAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOOD OFFERINGS FOR A TSOK?
Bring a food item to share, newly purchased for the purpose of the offering, that is easily passed and eaten with the fingers. Healthy items are always appreciated. This could include fruit, juice packs, or small bottles of water, healthy snacks like whole grain crackers or veggie chips. Individually wrapped items are also a good choice. Utensils are generally not provided for a Tsok Offering feast. Flowers are also appropriate and appreciated.
MAY I BRING MY KIDS TO THE CENTER?
Our events are open to children.
IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE?
There is plenty of parking available but please be mindful of the parking restrictions for CRSS neighborhood. There is NO PARKING ON THE 5300 BLOCK OF CULLOM Ave- no exceptions. The weekend and special events at CRSS are when the CRSS neighbors get very upset about parking. We ask that you park your car on the surrounding streets or down the block. Thank you!
WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?
The nearest airport is O'Hare Airport. You can fly into Midway Airport which is located south of the city and take public transportation to the Sangha. The nearest "EL" train is the Jefferson Park blue line station. If taking the bus, you take the Montrose bus or Irving Park bus.