Soto Zen Traditional Forms: Dharma Seminar by Taigen Dan Leighton

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will offer a seminar on Soto Zen traditional forms on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm.

We will discuss Soto Zen traditional forms used at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. These ritual forms provide a structure to support and develop our spiritual practice and to harmonize our practice together. We will look at aspects of Dogen's Pure Standards for the Zen Community and the attitude toward communal practice expressed, and discuss specifics of how we implement these forms in our meditation hall and temple.

Taigen Dan Leighton, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate guiding Dharma teacher, is a priest and authorized teacher in Shunryu Suzuki Roshi's Soto Zen lineage. Among other books, Taigen is co-translator and editor of Dogen's Pure Standards for the Zen Community; Dogen's Extensive Record; and Cultivating the Empty Field; and he authored Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes; and Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra. He teaches Buddhism and East Asian Religion at Loyola University Chicago, and teaches online at the Institute of Buddhist Studies of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

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