(International Buddhism Friendship Association)
Practice, Preserve & Promote the Teachings of the Buddha
Welcome People from All Walks of Life to Drop In
and Pay Respect to the Buddha
Celebrate with us!
After 2 years and 8 months of construction for a new 4-story building, we are now open on the first floor only and welcome you to our new temple building for spiritual (mind and body), community-service related and educational services. Drop by or visit us at https://www.ibfachicagotemple.org/ and learn more about who we are, our programs, events and activities. The official opening ceremony will take place on Vesak Day on May 26, 2023.
Support our Fundraising Goal
The IBFA is dedicated to the Practice, Preservation, and Promotion of the Buddha's teachings. Our temple and monastics join together to bring this to the community. As members of our community, we hope that you, your family and friends and businesses would help support us. Our fundraising goal of $250,000 is needed for the costs associated with the building of the new temple. Please visit our donation page on our website for ways of giving at www.ibfachicagotemple.org/portfolio or drop by the temple to speak with us. Every donation makes a difference regardless of size. We need your support to fulfill our mission and to serve your needs and that of the community.
We would like to honor donations of at least $3,000 with a special recognition of your name displayed on our Recognition Wall in the temple. For the donations of $10,000 or more, the donor's name will be displayed on the Recognition Wall on the 2nd floor.
For your convenience, our Zelle ID is IBFA2251@GMAIL.COM
If you prefer to write a check: Please mail your check to: IBFA, 2251 S. Wentworth Ave, Chicago IL, 60616.
A PayPal account is not necessary to make a donation. Options include Credit Cards & eChecks.
When Enlightenment Temple opened in 2004, the old buildings were simple, but lacked sufficient infrastructure to promote our programs. When the temple moved to Chicago’s South Chinatown in 2009, we were optimistic that our new location would offer more educational and meditation opportunities to the public. The temple served us well for many years, but we eventually needed to modernize. Thus, we began fundraising. In 2020, the existing temple was demolished, and construction began on a new two-story building in its place. Originally designed as a four-story building, plans were revised when we fell short of our fundraising goals due to the pandemic. As we continue to raise funds, we are asking for your support to help us rebuild our temple. Please visit our Donation page today for ways you can help us meet our goal. Thank you for your generosity!