Zen New Years Celebrations at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will hold two special events to celebrate the New Year 2011.

New Year's Eve Meditation & Ceremony

Friday December 31st, 2010 from 8:15 pm 'til after midnight

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate dragon logo Our very special New Year's Eve meditation and ceremony, the first to be held in our new temple, will begin with sitting meditation (zazen) at 8:30 pm with a New Year's Ceremony at 9:00 pm. At 9:45 pm, we will resume meditation until midnight when we will welcome the New Year in the traditional Japanese way by striking the temple bell 108 times. Afterward, we will enjoy refreshments, including soba noodles! Temple doors open at 8:15 pm and everyone is welcome to join or depart at any time. There is no registration or fee and any donation is welcome.

Awakening Practice in the New Year: Half-Day Morning Meditation Retreat

Sunday January 2, 2011 from 7:45 am to 1 pm

Registration is required for participation in this half-day retreat. Rev. Hogetsu Laurie Belzer will give the Dharma talk. Suggested donation: $35 (sliding scale available). Lunch provided. Free parking is usually available on nearby cross-streets. Please contact [email protected] or (773) 899-3841 to register, or for more information.

PUBLIC WELCOME on Sunday, January 2 to the regular zazen period at 9:20 am, and Dharma talk at 10:15 am, even if you are not attending the all-day sitting. There will be no meditation instruction class Sunday, January 2.

Rev. Hogetsu Laurie Belzer, an Ancient Dragon Zen Gate priest and the Tenzo (head of the kitchen), will lead both New Years events. Hogetsu has received priest ordination in the Soto Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki and has practiced intensively at San Francisco Zen Center's training centers.

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is located at 1922 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago.