Anyone who wants to assist us can become a Supporting Member of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. Our ability to continue to provide a place for meditation and Zen practice depends on your support and participation.
By pledging a monthly donation of any amount, Supporting Members are entitled to regular dokusan with Taigen, to vote in sangha meetings, to elect (and, if elected, serve on) our board of directors, and to help determine the direction of our sangha and the means of expressing our ideals.
Most importantly, Supporting Members know that their regular contribution enables us to bring the practice of Suzuki Roshi and Dogen Zenji to our community and ensure a basic and reliable income for our teacher, Taigen Leighton.
In this way, all of us, regardless of our talents or training, are teaching the Dharma together. We also appreciate your support with offerings of your skills and talents for ongoing sangha projects. See specific needs below.
We encourage Long Distance Supporting Members who live outside of the Chicago area to practice with us during sesshins, seminars, and other special events. Long Distance Supporting Members contribute to Ancient Dragon Zen Gate through an annual or more-frequent donation, which can be sent to the address to the left.
We welcome and are grateful for those who wish to make one-time or occasional donations as well.
Any amount, given monthly, is a valuable contribution. As you reflect on what you can afford, we ask Supporting Members to consider the value of practice and sangha support in your life, and how much you can manage in order to help sustain our practice and community.
We know that this practice benefits many beings amid the difficulties of our world, and not just in obvious ways. We invite anyone who is interested in Soto Zen practice to join us.
Whatever you decide to contribute, we know that generosity is a matter of heart, not income. Please share this heartfelt practice with us in any way you can. Current sangha needs include help you might provide with: Web Design; carpentry or repair work; graphic design; or fundraising skills. Contact [[email protected]].
Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A copy of our IRS Determination Letter is available upon request. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Please speak with a tax professional should you have any questions regarding the deductibility of any donation.