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Soto Zen Buddhist Meditation in Chicago

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is a community of practitioners committed to being a home for Soto Zen Buddhist meditation practice in Chicago. We hope to make this practice available to anyone interested, and welcome a diversity of participants. We welcome people of every race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, creed, and religious background. We welcome single people, people in committed relationships, and families. You are welcome to join this spiritual communion.

Our guiding teacher is Taigen Dan Leighton, author, scholar, and Dharma teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. You can read Dharma books by Taigen and listen to audio recordings of Dharma talks by Taigen and others.

Our Location

We are located at 1922 W Irving Park Road, near the Irving Park Brown line stop and Damen Avenue in Chicago. All Ancient Dragon Zen Gate events will be at our new location unless otherwise noted.

Our Programs

We offer a variety of meditation and practice opportunities throughout the year including evening, morning, half day, one day, and three day meditations as well as seminars and classes. Please see our sangha schedule for details on dates and times or our program overview for general information. If you would like to receive monthly e-mails about our upcoming practice and dharma events, e-mail request to: [email protected]

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