October Food Drive!

October 1st to October 28th, benefiting Lakeview Pantry

Please place food donations in the bags located in the vestibule of the zendo During the month of October, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will be hosting a food drive to benefit Lakeview Pantry. All month long, we will gratefully accept canned goods and other non-perishable food donations, which will be offered to the hungry ghosts during our Segaki Ceremony on October 28th (see information below), and then donated to Lakeview Pantry to benefit those in need in our neighborhood. A separate dana bowl will also be available on October 28th for those who would prefer to make a monetary donation to support Lakeview Pantry.

Items especially requested this month include:

  • 100% Shelf Stable Fruit Juice
  • Canned Fruits
  • Canned Meat Products
  • Beef Stew / Pork & Beans
  • Canned Tuna / Chicken
  • Breakfast Cereals (Whole Grain)
  • Peanut Butter / Jelly
  • Pasta
  • Cloth Reusable Shopping Bags

Lakeview Pantry, located at 3831 N. Broadway in Chicago, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and case-management services to families and individuals living within the boundaries of Irving Park Road, Damen Avenue, Lake Michigan, and Fullerton Avenue.

Morning Zazen followed by Segaki Ceremony

Sunday, October 28, 9:30am - 12:00pm

8:45 - 9:15 am: Meditation Instruction, REQUIRED for participation in meditation events for those who have no previous formal Buddhist meditation experience

9:30 am: Zen Meditation

10:15 am: Segaki Ceremony

We are holding our annual Segaki Ceremony on a Sunday morning and welcome children's participation. In the Segaki Ceremony we make offerings to those who have passed away in the past year or so. Segaki means to feed hungry ghosts, and is a traditional annual ceremony for making offerings to restless spirits, and also to loved ones and respected persons who have passed in the previous year.

People are welcome to send to [email protected] names of people to be remembered who have passed away in the past year, all of which will be read as part of the ceremony.

Attendees are also invited to bring food offerings, which will be formally offered to spirits on the altar, then offered during discussion to the hungry ghosts on our cushions and in our community. Food offerings may include snack items which we will enjoy during the Dharma talk. Additionally, we will be accepting canned goods or other non-perishable food items for donations to Lakeview Pantry, a local food pantry serving individuals and families in our Chicago neighborhood. A separate dana bowl will be available on October 28th for those who would prefer to make a monetary donation to support Lakeview Pantry.

All are welcome to bring percussion instruments to help bring forth the hungry ghosts. We will have a special program for children during zazen, and children are welcome to join in the Segaki Ceremony.

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is located at 1922 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, near Damen Avenue and the Irving Park Brown Line station. Free parking is usually available on nearby cross-streets.