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  • 06.16.16 New audio dharma talks - New talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on the three bodies of buddha, passionate non-attachment, skillful means beyond control, the Lotus Sutra and the Middle Way, Muhammad Ali's fight for peace and justice, and more.

  • 05.06.16 New audio dharma talks - Five new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 04.23.16 Rebecca Solnit Depaul Talk - Rebecca Solnit's talk given at DePaul, co-sponsored by Ancient Dragon, can be accessed here: Under the Same Sky: Climate Connects , Demands, and Informs Us.

  • 04.12.16 New audio dharma talks - New talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including a talk by writer Rebecca Solnit and other talks on sky flowers, Southeast Asian Buddhism and generosity, the beginning of the Spring Practice Commitment Period, and more.

  • 03.19.16 Paula Lazarz priest ordination - On Feb. 28, Paula Lazarz received priest ordination from Taigen at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate More...

  • 02.21.16 Spring 2016 Practice Commitment Period - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate chants at the Joffrey Ballet More...

  • 02.18.16 Spring 2016 Practice Commitment Period - Spring Practice Commitment Period announced More...

  • 02.08.16 New audio dharma talks - New talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on: Mahaprajapati and the resolute heart, practice beyond defensiveness and neediness, honoring childbirth, precepts and social media, speaking truth and deep listening, awakening to relationship dynamics, precept response to social issues, and more.

  • 01.02.16 New audio dharma talks - Five new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on: zazen and marginalized beings, the prophet and the bodhisattva, zazen and the movie screen, practicing with food, and Dogen on women's equality and gender complexity.

  • 12.27.15 2015 Rohatsu Sesshin - Ancient Dragon Rohatsu sesshin talks by Taigen on the first Six Chinese Chan Ancestors and commentaries by Dogen are now available. More...

  • 12.20.15 Green Gulch Farm Shuso - Ancient Dragon sewing teacher completes service as Green Gulch Farm shuso

  • 11.12.15 New audio dharma talks - Eight new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on: caring for oneself in practice; Pope Francis, bodhisattvas, and climate damage; Buddhist perspectives on climate change; contemplative Christianity and Zen; the pilgrimage of not knowing; and zazen and active patience.

  • 11.02.15 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks given at Ancient Dragon are available in Audio Dharma Talks. Also posted are talks given by Taigen at the Houston Zen Center.

  • 10.01.15 New audio dharma talks - Six new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 09.05.15 Jukai Ceremony 2015 - Five sangha members received lay ordination in ceremony at Ancient Dragon on August 30th More...

  • 09.04.15 New Cushion Cabinet - Ancient Dragon has new support cushion cabinet! More...

  • 08.10.15 New audio dharma talks - More new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including Taigen's talk on Hiroshima, Climate Damage, Leprosy, and Zazen; and Univ. of Chicago scholar Brooks Ziporyn's talk on One-Practice Samadhi. Also new other dharma talks by Taigen given outside of Ancient Dragon.

  • 08.07.15 New audio dharma talks - New talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on forgiveness practice, interdependence and racism, going beyond buddha, and the gift of dying.

  • 08.02.15 Women in Buddhism~ Hidden Lamp Seminar - Women in Buddhism~ The Hidden Lamp, Dharma Seminar with Hogetsu Laurie Belzer on August 22nd More...

  • 06.13.15 Spring 2015 Outside Talks - New audio talks posted in the other audio talks given by Taigen section. One given at Village Zendo in New York and a radio interview given on the Mystical Positivist Radio Show.

  • 05.20.15 Buddhist Leaders at the White House - Taigen joined the First U.S. Buddhist Leaders Conference at the White House on May 14th More...

  • 04.20.15 New audio dharma talks - New talks from our Spring Practice Commitment Period are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on Dongshan, practicing suchness, the white rabbit, and "nonsentient" beings expounding Dharma.

  • 04.12.15 Just This Is It Introduced - Book Talk and signing by Taigen of his new book: Just This is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness. Book talk is 10:10 am Sunday April 19 at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate after zazen, as part of regular Sunday morning program. Everyone welcome; books available for sale.

  • 04.03.15 New audio dharma talks - Seven new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on winter practices, death and love, practice difficulties off the cushion, Darlene Cohen's skillful means, and the bodhisattva precepts.

  • 03.10.15 2015 ADZG Spring Practice Commitment Period - Our Spring Practice Commitment Period, with a focus on engaging the awareness of the suchness of reality, begins April 5. Please register by March 30. More...

  • 11.25.14 Peter Coyote Visits Chicago - Peter Coyote visits Chicago and Ancient Dragon. More...

  • 10.10.14 Chanting at Joffrey Ballet - Ancient Dragon chants at Joffrey Ballet. More...

  • 09.21.14 Sangha Leaders at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate - Sangha Leaders at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. More...

  • 09.20.14 Baby Blessing Ceremony - Baby blessing ceremony held. More...

  • 09.15.14 ADZG Ethics Policies - New ADZG ethics policies posted. More...

  • 09.11.14 Peter Coyote Weekend - Peter Coyote visits Ancient Dragon and leads mask workshop. More...

  • 09.11.14 Zen Mind, Beginners Mind - Thursday evening Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind discussions begin. More...

  • 09.10.14 Laurel Ross Priest Ordination - Laurel Ross priest ordained July 20th. More...

  • 08.24.14 Dharma Talk with Ben Connelly - Ben Connelly will give a dharma talk on Monday, September 29nd. More...

  • 08.24.14 Dharma Talk with Tova Green - Tova Green will give a dharma talk on Monday, September 22nd. More...

  • 08.21.14 2014 Fall Young Dragons Schedule - Fall schedule for Young Dragons is now available. More...

  • 08.14.14 Survey of Buddhism and Zen: 5 classes - Survey of Buddhism and Zen: 5 classes. More...

  • 05.15.14 Zen Carnival - Zen Carnival Saturday, June 21, at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate; Doors open 9am and late into the night. Join us for a joy-filled day of Zen -- Mindfulness, Meditation, Music, Qigong, Koans, Silent Auction, and Community. More...

  • 04.07.14 Zenshin Florence Caplow visits Ancient Dragon - Zenshin Florence Caplow will speak at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate on Sunday April 13 both at 10:10 am and again at 1:30 pm about The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women. More...

  • 03.08.14 2014 ADZG Spring Practice Commitment Period - Our Spring Practice Commitment Period, with a focus on the Mountains and Waters Sutra, begins April 6. Please register by March 26. More...

  • 02.13.14 New Audio Dharma Talks - We are happy to announce that a new bunch of Audio Dharma talks from the past several months is now available on the ADZG website. More...

  • 12.30.13 Survey of Buddhism and Zen: 5 classes - Survey of Buddhism and Zen: 5 classes. More...

  • 11.19.13 Five Day Rohatsu Sesshin - Five Day Rohatsu Sesshin. More...

  • 11.11.13 HPK Interfaith Thanksgiving - Taigen Dan Leighton will be giving an address at the Thanksgiving Interfaith Service at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 Woodlawn Avenue, Hyde Park; November 28th, 11am.

  • 11.11.13 Book Reading - Tonight, (11/11) Amina Cain a former ADZG practitioner and Board member, will read from and discuss her intriguing new book of meditative stories, Creature.

  • 10.09.13 Sesshin - Upcoming three day meditation sesshin in October. More...

  • 09.23.13 New audio dharma talks - Two new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including a talk on Martin Luther King Jr., and the practice of extending awareness into one's work.

  • 09.16.13 New audio dharma talks - Three new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on women in Buddhism, the bodhisattva sutra worldview, and the bodhisattva in relation to modern physics.

  • 09.12.13 "Kannon: Bodhisattva of Great Compassion" - Shohaku Okumura, one of the foremost American Zen teachers and scholars of Dogen to give weekend teaching. More...

  • 08.15.13 New audio dharma talks - Three new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on engaged Buddhism, depression, and studying the self with intimacy and kindness.

  • 08.15.13 The Guitar and the New World: Native American Roots of the Blues - Joe Gioia will discuss his new book The Guitar and the New World and the Native American roots of the blues on Monday, August 26 after zazen.

  • 07.29.13 Ancient Dragon Zen Gate holds lay ordination (jukai) - Three people received the bodhisattva precepts on July 21. More...

  • 07.18.13 Folk music concert and talks by Alan Senauke - Zen priest, activist, musician Hozan Alan Senauke will give a benefit concert for Ancient Dragon Zen Gate at the Tai Chi Center of Chicago on Friday, July 26 and two talks on Sunday, July 28. More...

  • 07.17.13 New audio dharma talk by Gene Reeves - A new talk by Gene Reeves is now available: Seeing Buddhas in the Lotus Sutra

  • 07.09.13 Dharma talk by Gene Reeves - Gene Reeves, scholar and Lotus Sutra translator, will talk about "Seeing the Buddha Existentially in the Lotus Sutra" on Monday, July 15 after zazen.

  • 07.06.13 New audio dharma talks - Four new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on Shodo Spring's Compassionate Earth Walk, Zen perspective shifting, and Buddha-nature.

  • 06.27.13 Dharma talk by Korin Charlie Pokorny - Guest teacher Charlie Pokorny will speak on "Everyone Has a Light" this Sunday, June 30. He and his wife Sarah Emerson, also joining us Sunday, have just been named head priests at Stone Creek Zen Center, Sebastopol, CA. More...

  • 06.10.13 Dharma talk by Shodo Spring - Guest teacher Shodo Spring will speak about her Compassionate Earth Walk after zazen on Monday, June 17.

  • 06.10.13 Sangha picnic - Our Sangha picnic at Harms Woods (map) begins at 12 noon on Saturday, June 15. Carpool from the temple leaves at 11AM.

  • 05.30.13 Taigen telecourse on Dogen, June 22, 29, and July 6 - Two Arrows Zen presents a 3-part telecourse on Dogen taught by Taigen on Saturday mornings, June 22, 29, and July 6. More...

  • 05.25.13 New audio dharma talks - Five new talks on the Song of the Precious Mirror Samadhi are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 05.22.13 Dharma talk and poetry reading by Norman Fischer - Renowned Zen teacher Norman Fischer will give a talk at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate and a poetry reading at DePaul University, June 3 and 4. More...

  • 05.22.13 No Race in the Woods - Sign up now to participate in our big picnic and fundraising event, No Race in the Woods, on Saturday, June 15.

  • 05.11.13 Buddhist Peace Fellowship talk at College of Complexes - Taigen will speak about the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and socially engaged Buddhism at College of Complexes on Saturday, May 25.

  • 05.10.13 New audio dharma talks - Two new talks, on Zen's Confucian Buddhist roots and the Zen teacher-student relationship, are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 05.03.13 Nautilus Book Award for Faces of Compassion by Taigen Dan Leighton - Taigen's classic book Faces of Compassion, published in a new edition last year by Wisdom Publications, has won the Nautilus Book Awards 2013 Gold Medal.

  • 05.03.13 Upcoming three-day meditation retreat - You are welcome to join us for a three-day meditation sesshin from Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19. More...

  • 04.26.13 New audio dharma talks - Three new talks on the Song of the Precious Mirror Samadhi are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 04.19.13 Where Buddha Lives Now - New article by Taigen, Where Buddha Lives Now, is now available.

  • 04.15.13 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - You are welcome to join us for a one-day meditation retreat on Sunday, April 28. More...

  • 04.12.13 New audio dharma talks - Two new talks on the Song of the Precious Mirror Samadhi are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 04.03.13 New audio dharma talks - Seven new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on snails, the Big Lebowski, Zen and psychotherapy, the snow within, and the jewel mirror samadhi.

  • 03.11.13 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Please join us for a one-day meditation retreat and the start of our eight week Spring Practice Commitment Period on Sunday, March 24. More...

  • 03.07.13 New audio dharma talks - Five new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on settling in the circle of brightness, obedient practice, the precious mirror samadhi, and the cosmic mudra.

  • 02.20.13 New audio dharma talks - Two new talks are in Audio Dharma Talks, including a talk by Taigen on the recent climate change rally in Washington, D.C.

  • 02.07.13 New audio dharma talks - A new talk on "Three Aspects of Practice" is available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 02.06.13 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, February 24. More...

  • 01.31.13 New audio dharma talks - Five new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on generosity, balancing responses, and "progress" in practice.

  • 01.29.13 2013 ADZG Spring Practice Commitment Period - Our Spring Practice Commitment Period, with a focus on the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, begins March 24. Please register by March 19. More...

  • 01.08.13 Half-day morning meditation retreat - Please join us for a half-day meditation retreat on January 20. More...

  • 12.24.12 Have a Zen New Year - Join us on December 31st for a special event to celebrate the New Year 2013, following our regularly scheduled meditation and dharma talk. More...

  • 12.09.12 New audio dharma talks - Five new talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks, including talks on Zen poetry, Buddhism and social ethics, the practice of thanksgiving, and the walking meditation of mountains.

  • 11.17.12 New audio dharma talks - Four new dharma talks are now available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 11.12.12 Upcoming three-day meditation retreat - You are welcome to join us for a three-day meditation sesshin from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2. More...

  • 11.09.12 Buddhism and Social Ethics: Historical Pitfalls & Current Possibilities - Join us on Monday, November 19 to hear Chris Ives discuss historical pitfalls and current possibilities of Buddhist social ethics. More...

  • 11.09.12 Dogen's Verse and the Role of Poetry in Zen - Guest teacher Steven Heine will speak on Dogen's verse and the role of poetry in Zen on Sunday, November 18. More...

  • 10.20.12 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks on visual dharma, the karma of zen, the bicycle path, and more are now available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 10.10.12 October Food Drive and Segaki Ceremony - Please donate to our October Food Drive to benefit Lakeview Pantry, culminating in our Segaki Ceremony on October 28. More...

  • 10.09.12 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, October 21. More...

  • 09.30.12 New audio dharma talks - Three new dharma talks are now available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 09.03.12 Upcoming three-day meditation retreat - You are welcome to join us for one, two, or three days of a three-day meditation retreat from Friday to Sunday, September 21 to 23. More...

  • 08.27.12 Upcoming talk on "The Harmonious Way of Living Together" - Guest teacher Rev. Shundo Sekimizu will give a talk on Monday, September 10. More...

  • 08.20.12 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks on Zen and the goddesses, Dongshan and global warming, meeting wildfire at Tassajara, seeing this flower as in a dream, equality in the Lotus Sutra, and more are now available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 08.15.12 Half-day morning meditation retreat - Please join us for a half-day meditation retreat on August 26. More...

  • 08.14.12 Zen Center at 50 - San Francisco Zen Center celebrated its 50th anniversary last weekend. You can watch recordings of the events.

  • 08.03.12 Dogen Symposium photo - This photo shows the speakers at last month's Dogen Symposium. More...

  • 08.02.12 Lotus Sutra Teachers of the Dharma - Gene Reeves will talk about chapter ten of the Lotus Sutra, "Teachers of the Dharma," on Monday, August 13. More...

  • 07.26.12 Soto Zen Buddhist temple endangered: an open letter - Mount Equity Zendo in Pennsylvania is endangered by natural gas fracking. More...

  • 07.18.12 Dogen Symposium recordings - Listen to audio recordings from the Dogen Symposium recently held at Upaya Zen Center.

  • 07.14.12 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks, including Joanna Macy's recent talk, are now available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 07.13.12 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, July 29. More...

  • 07.07.12 Fire Monks: reading & discussion - Author Colleen Morton Busch discusses Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara on July 30. More...

  • 07.02.12 Ancient Dragon Zen Gate holds lay ordination (jukai) - Three people received the bodhisattva precepts on June 24. More...

  • 06.30.12 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks on patience, beyond-thinking, non-separation, cultivating faith, and more are now available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 06.17.12 Half-day sitting followed by lay ordination (jukai) - Join us for a half-day meditation retreat Sunday, June 24, followed by a lay ordination (jukai) ceremony at 3pm. More...

  • 06.01.12 Workshop and Dharma Talk by Joanna Macy - Renowned eco-philosopher Joanna Macy will lead a day-long workshop on July 4 (pre-registration required) and will give a talk on July 2. More...

  • 05.31.12 Dogen Symposium at Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico - Taigen will be part of a historic Dogen Symposium this July at Upaya Zen Center. More...

  • 05.26.12 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks on generosity, vow, ethical discipline, women's health, and more are now available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 05.04.12 Ancient Dragon Zen Gate Online Auction begins May 6 - Find exclusive bargains in our Online Auction from May 6 to May 20. Please spread the word about this auction to all your friends!

  • 05.04.12 Upcoming three-day meditation retreat - You are welcome to join us for a three-day meditation sesshin from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27. More...

  • 04.28.12 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks, including talks on dhāranī and pāramitās, are now available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 04.06.12 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, April 22. More...

  • 03.17.12 Occupy the Dharma - Taigen's talk Occupy the Dharma is available from Berkeley Zen Center.

  • 03.13.12 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks are now available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 03.01.12 2012 ADZG Spring Practice Commitment Period - Our Spring Practice Commitment Period, with a focus on the Bodhisattva Practices, or paramitas, to develop awareness and active compassion, begins April 1. Please register by March 30. More...

  • 01.23.12 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, February 26. More...

  • 01.17.12 New audio dharma talks - Eight new dharma talks are now available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 12.23.11 Children's program: Year of the Dragon - We will hold a special children's event on January 22nd celebrating dragons for the Chinese New Year of the Dragon! See the schedule for details.

  • 12.23.11 Half-day morning meditation retreat - Please join us for a half-day meditation retreat on January 8th. More...

  • 12.08.11 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 12.05.11 Zen Questions in Buddhadharma - Taigen's new book Zen Questions is featured in this month's Buddhadharma.

  • 11.30.11 Lay Ordination at Santa Cruz Zen Center - Taigen performed a lay ordination November 22 at Santa Cruz Zen Center. More...

  • 11.16.11 Bringing Dogen Down to Earth audio recordings - We now have talks from the Bringing Dōgen Down to Earth conference available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 11.14.11 Upcoming three-day meditation retreat - You are welcome to join us for a three-day meditation sesshin from Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4. More...

  • 11.07.11 Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry - Taigen's new book Zen Questions is now available. More...

  • 11.02.11 Bringing Dogen Down to Earth - The one-day conference Bringing Dogen Down to Earth in Miami, Florida on November 12, will feature Taigen along with other Dogen scholars. Admission is free with no pre-registration required.

  • 11.02.11 Taigen interview in Inquiring Mind - The Fall 2011 issue of Inquiring Mind focuses on the Bodhisattva and features an extensive interview with Taigen, "A Kind of Performance Art."

  • 10.25.11 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, November 6. More...

  • 10.21.11 Blues and Zen - Blues and Zen, a new essay by Taigen's old friend Alan Senauke, is available in Articles.

  • 10.20.11 Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago holds priest ordination - Taigen ordained three new Soto Zen priests in a ceremony on October 16. More...

  • 10.06.11 Half-day morning meditation retreat - Please join us for a half-day meditation retreat on October 16, followed by a priest ordination ceremony at 3pm. More...

  • 10.02.11 No Race in the Woods fundraiser update - Yesterday fourteen No Racers ran, walked, or biked for No Race in the Woods. Katsuryu ran 40 miles! 66 pledgers (and counting) have pledged over $3,300. Thank you to all for an amazing event!

  • 09.14.11 New audio dharma talks - Nine new dharma talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 09.03.11 Upcoming three-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold a three-day meditation sesshin from Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18. More...

  • 08.22.11 No Race in the Woods fundraiser to support Ancient Dragon Zen Gate - Save the date! On October 1, No Racers hit the trails of Palos Hills to help support Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. More...

  • 08.16.11 David Chadwick, Zen Failure and disciple of Suzuki Roshi - David Chadwick, Zen Failure and disciple of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, will speak at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate on September 25 and 26. More...

  • 08.09.11 Chicago River ceremony with sangha children - We have photos of our nature day with sangha children! More...

  • 08.02.11 Ungraspable Mind, Deep Time, and the Bodhisattva Precepts - Taigen's article Ungraspable Mind, Deep Time, and the Bodhisattva Precepts is on the Sweetcake Enso blog.

  • 07.26.11 Half-day morning meditation retreat - Please join us for a half-day meditation retreat on August 21. More...

  • 07.26.11 Kenji Miyazawa: Bodhisattva Poet and Activist - Gene Reeves will talk about Kenji Miyazawa, bodhisattva poet and activist, on August 15. More...

  • 07.25.11 Dharma Seminar on Dogen's practice talks - Taigen will discuss selections from the profound, poetic teachings of 13th century Japanese Zen pioneer, Eihei Dōgen, on August 6. More...

  • 07.15.11 Kaz Tanahashi visits and leaves a new painting in the zendo - We have photos of Kaz Tanahashi's recent visit to Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago. More...

  • 06.28.11 Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago holds lay ordination (jukai) - Congratulations to those who received the bodhisattva precepts at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate on June 19. More...

  • 06.25.11 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, July 24. More...

  • 06.08.11 "Dogen's Shobo Genzo," Public Dharma Talk by Kazuaki Tanahashi - Kaz Tanahashi will give a public Dharma talk on Dogen's Shobo Genzo on July 10. More...

  • 06.08.11 Zen Calligraphy Workshop with Kazuaki Tanahashi - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate offers a special hands-on calligraphy workshop with Kaz Tanahashi on July 9. More...

  • 06.06.11 Half-Day Sitting followed by Lay Ordination (Jukai) - We will hold a morning half-day meditation retreat, and a lay ordination (jukai) ceremony at 3 pm, both on June 19. More...

  • 05.18.11 Peace and Environment Forum: Religion and Environmental Studies - Michael Hogue will discuss the emerging field of Religion and Environment studies on June 23. More...

  • 04.21.11 Upcoming three-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold a three-day meditation sesshin from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15. More...

  • 04.08.11 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, April 24. More...

  • 03.31.11 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 03.24.11 Peace and Environment Forum: Dangers of Nuclear Power in Illinois and the U.S. - Dave Kraft will speak about the the prospects of future nuclear calamities and the need for change in our energy policies on April 14. More...

  • 03.17.11 Japan Earthquake Relief - Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office is collecting funds for Japan Earthquake Relief. Please consider sending help as you are able. More...

  • 03.14.11 2011 ADZG Spring Practice Commitment Period - Our first Spring Practice Commitment Period begins April 3. Please register by March 30.

  • 02.08.11 Shohaku Okumura teaches on Realizing Genjokoan - Shohaku Okumura will give a weekend teaching at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate on March 25 and 26. More...

  • 02.07.11 Dharma Seminar on the Bodhisattva Figures - Taigen will give a seminar on the major Bodhisattvas in the East Asian Mahayana tradition on February 26. More...

  • 02.07.11 Peace and Environment Forum: The State of the Death Penalty in the U.S. - Jeremy Schroeder will talk about the current state of the death penalty in the U.S. on February 24. More...

  • 02.07.11 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, February 20. More...

  • 01.24.11 New scholarly article on Eihei Koroku - Dōgen's Approach to Training in Eihei Kōroku is now available in Articles.

  • 01.22.11 Peace and Environment Forum: An Area of Concern for Chicagoland's Environment - Thomas Frank will speak about Northwest Indiana's environment and its impact in the Chicago region on Thursday, January 27. More...

  • 01.21.11 2011 ADZG Spring Practice Commitment Period - Our Spring Practice Commitment Period begins April 3. More...

  • 01.21.11 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 01.17.11 Glossary of Soto Zen words - Glossary of terms used at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is now available.

  • 01.07.11 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 12.18.10 Meditation and Dharma talk at the Smart Museum of Art - Join us at the Smart Museum for meditation amid the ancient Buddhas on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. More...

  • 12.11.10 Soto Zen Traditional Forms: Dharma Seminar - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will offer a seminar on Soto Zen traditional forms on Saturday, January 15, 2011. More...

  • 12.01.10 Zen New Years Celebrations - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold two special events, on December 31 and January 2, to celebrate the New Year 2011. More...

  • 11.29.10 New audio dharma talks - New dharma talks are available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 11.14.10 Rohatsu 2010 three-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its annual three-day sesshin celebrating Rohatsu from Friday, December 3 to Sunday, December 5. More... Celebrating Buddha?s Enlightenment December 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 Wednesday through Saturday: 7:30 am ? 8:45 pm Sunday: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Daily Dharma talks by Taigen Dan Leighton Dokusan available (individual practice discussion with Taigen) Lunch and dinner provided Friday and Saturday; lunch Sunday Registration required. Please contact [email protected] to register, or for more information. Suggested donation: $65 daily; sliding scale available. It is possible to sign up for any one or more up to all five days. If you have not done an all-day sitting please consult Taigen: [email protected] PUBLIC WELCOME to Sunday Meditation 9:20 am, & Dharma talk 10:15 am Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, 1922 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago

  • 11.06.10 Fundraising auction begins - Our fundraising auction is now underway! The auction ends November 30, so please spread the word and encourage others to bid on on these exclusive goods and services!

  • 11.04.10 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, November 14. More...

  • 10.19.10 Peace and Environment Forum: What happened to Beyond Petroleum? - Saman Sepehri will explore what happened to "Beyond Petroleum" on Thursday, November 11. More...

  • 10.06.10 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, October 24. More...

  • 09.04.10 New audio dharma talks and zazen instructions - New dharma talks now available in Audio Dharma Talks, as well as recorded Zazen Instructions.

  • 08.23.10 Steve Stucky speaks at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate - Myōgen Steve Stücky, co-abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, will speak at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate on September 12 and 13. More...

  • 08.21.10 Upcoming three-day meditation sesshin (September 17-19) at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next three-day meditation sesshin September 17-19. More...

  • 08.13.10 Buddha's Lotus Flowers - Gene Reeves explores the symbolism of the lotus flower on Monday, August 16. More...

  • 07.31.10 New audio dharma talks posted - New dharma talks, including three from Tenshin Reb Anderson, now available in Audio Dharma Talks.

  • 07.01.10 Does a dog have Buddha nature? - Renowned Dogen scholar Steven Heine explores the MU koan on Monday, July 19. More...

  • 07.01.10 Peace and Environment Forum: Clean power in Chicago - Pam and Lan Richart will explain the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance on Thursday, July 22. More...

  • 07.01.10 Upcoming all-day meditation retreat - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next one-day meditation sesshin Sunday, July 25. More...

  • 05.21.10 Peace and Environment Forum: Tar sands oil - British Petroleum is not just in the Gulf of Mexico. Debra Michaud will talk on "Tar Sands Oil: Neo-Colonialism Meets Oil Addiction" on June 10. More...

  • 05.21.10 Upcoming three-day meditation sesshin (June 25-27) at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold its next three-day meditation sesshin June 25-27. More...

  • 04.25.10 Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago holds temple dedication ceremony - The Buddha opened his eyes and smiled in North Central Chicago on April 25th, 2010. More...

  • 01.08.10 Meditation and recovery now weekly - The meditation and recovery group will start meeting weekly on Tuesday night in March. See our Programs page for more information.

  • 11.30.09 Dongshan and the Teaching of Suchness Article - New article Dongshan and the Teaching of Suchness from the upcoming book Zen Masters now available.

  • 08.26.09 Hyde Park Ancient Dragon meditation - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is leading Wednesday afternoon zazen at Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park. More...

  • 08.26.09 Peace and Envrionment Forum - The Ancient Dragon Zen Gate Peace and Environment Forum begins September 6. More...

  • 07.20.09 Meditation and Recovery Program - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is starting a meditation and recovery program in August. More...

  • 04.02.09 Zen Calligraphy Workshop Pictures - Pictures from the Calligraphy Workshop led by Kaz Tanahashi are now available online. More...

  • 03.31.09 Marc Lesser seminar - Marc Lesser will give a seminar on Sunday April 26 on his new book. More...

  • 03.13.09 Steven Heine Dharma talk - Steven Heine will give a Dharma talk on Dim Sum and Buddha nature on Monday March 30. More...

  • 02.20.09 Zen Calligraphy Workshop with Kazuaki Tanahashi - Kazuaki Tanahashi will offer a full-day Zen Calligraphy Workshop on Saturday, March 7th. More...

  • 02.11.09 The Meaning of Buddha's Enlightenment dharma talk - The Meaning of Buddha's Enlightenment audio dharma talk now available.

  • 01.30.09 Taigen's Trip to Japan - Taigen recently went to Japan to perform the Zuise ceremonies at Eiheiji and Sojiji. More...

  • 01.29.09 Engaging the Mystery dharma talk - Engaging the Mystery audio dharma talk now available.

  • 01.15.09 Karma and Climate Disruption article available - Collective Karma and Systemic Responses to Climate Disruption article now available

  • 01.14.09 New Zendo Opening Ceremony - New Zendo opening ceremony on Monday January 19th. More...

  • 01.07.09 Like the Moon Through Ivy dharma talk - Like the Moon Through Ivy audio dharma talk now available.

  • 12.20.08 Mary Oliver dharma talk - Mary Oliver - Making yourself into a Light audio dharma talk now available.

  • 12.14.08 New 2009 Sangha schedule - A new schedule is on the website for 2009.

  • 12.04.08 New Zendo - Ancient Dragon will be moving. Our Board has signed a lease on a storefront for a new full-time meditation hall and temple in Chicago. More...

  • 11.14.08 The rhythm of zen practice dharma talk - Gary Snyder on the Mountains and Water Sutra: The Rhythm of Zen Practice audio dharma talk now available.

  • 10.17.08 Dongshan's meeting dharma talk - A new dharma talk is now available: Dongshan's Meeting Suchness; Rimbaud's 'I is an Other'

  • 07.30.08 After the fire - Help Ancient Dragon support Tassajara. More...

  • 07.29.08 Ancient Dragon represented at sewing retreat - Hogetsu Laurie Belzer represented ADZG at an intensive sewing retreat. More...

  • 05.30.08 New dharma talks posted - Two new dharma talks by Taigen have been posted. One on Genjokoan and the other on Dogen and zazen.

  • 05.08.08 In memory of Casimir - ADZG sangha members took part in a memorial tree planting for sangha member Casimir Figlewicz. More...

  • 04.18.08 ADZG Sangha Library Online - The titles in the ADZG sangha library are now available online. Take a look at the new library section of the website.

  • 04.15.08 David Loy talk at DePaul - Highly recommended. David Loy will be speaking at DePaul on April 27th. His topic is The Attention-Deficit Society. More...

  • 03.14.08 Virginia Slave Vigil - Taigen will lead a Meditation Vigil to Bear Witness to the Slave Trade on April 19 in Richmond, Virginia. More...

  • 12.01.07 2007 Year End Letter - A copy of the 2007 year end letter from the ADZG board is available. More...

  • 11.20.07 Taigen's new book - Information on Taigen's new book is now available in our dharma book section.

  • 11.12.07 2008 Sangha Schedule - The sangha schedule for the first half of 2008 is now available in the schedule section.

  • 09.25.07 Dharma Talk Podcast - Taigen's audio Dharma Talks are now available as a podcast.

  • 09.10.07 Steve Heine to guest teach - Steven Heine to be Guest Teacher at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate October 4th. More...

  • 09.05.07 Trip to China - Taigen and sangha member Mike Bieniek recently visited Zen sites in China and wrote about their experience. More...

  • 06.28.07 Two new audio dharma talks - New audio dharma talks are available. Take a look at the Audio Dharma Talk section for more information.

  • 05.16.07 ADZG on-line donations - We now have the capacity for on-line donations, see Supporter page. Your support is much-needed as we work to make our practice more accessible to people in Chicago.

  • 05.13.07 Taigen's new book available - Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra is now available from Oxford University Press.

  • 05.04.07 Audio Dharma Talks - Audio versions of some of Taigen's Dharma Talks are now availble as MP3s. Check out the new Audio Dharma Talk section.

  • 04.19.07 Chicago Tribune Article - Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is featured in the Chicago Tribune. More...

  • 03.12.07 2006 ADZG Jukai - A Lay Ordination ceremony for Eric Shutt and Amina Cain was held on October 15, 2006. More...

  • 03.09.07 2006 ADZG Priest Ordination - Myoshi Roger Thomson and Hogetsu Laurie Belzer were ordained priests by Taigen on June 25, 2006. More...

  • 02.23.07 New article by Taigen available - Unalienable Rights, Mahayana Inclusivity, and Right Livelihood

  • 01.02.07 New Taigen dharma talk available - Enlightenment Day

  • 12.28.06 Taigen's teaching schedule - New section added with Taigen's teaching schedule