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Soto Zen Buddhist Meditation in Chicago

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is a community of practitioners committed to Soto Zen Buddhist meditation practice in Chicago, and now online to many distant practitioners. Our guiding teacher is Taigen Dan Leighton, author, scholar, and Dharma teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. We invite you to read his teachings or listen to audio recordings of Dharma talks by Taigen and many others. Sunday mornings we welcome brand new visitors to attend our online zendo to learn meditation before our regular program. Please email info@ancientdragon.org to arrange for meditation instruction.

ANCIENT DRAGON ZEN GATE CLOSED; IN-PERSON AND ONLINE ZEN PROGRAMS CONTINUE

Due to the ongoing pandemic and safety concerns, we made the difficult decision to shut the doors to our temple. The Irving Park Road temple will no longer serve the community as a practice place. Instead, meetings have moved online. Ancient Dragon plans to conduct monthly in-person practice opportunities, with the option of attending through our online zendo. Our many active Ancient Dragon programs will continue to meet through Zoom in our online zendo. Please see our calendar, the Sangha Events section, and the Meditation Events sections of this site for news about upcoming events. In order to address concerns regarding COVID, participants who attend events in person must comply with Ancient Dragon’s ADZG In-Person Event Policy and with any additional requirements contained in the registration form for the event or communicated by the Sangha leader for the event. We look forward to locating a suitable new space for our Chicago temple when safety from the pandemic allows.

While the Ancient Dragon temple is closed, Guiding Dharma Teacher Taigen Dan Leighton will be available for dokusan by telephone or zoom, as will Dharma Teachers Nyozan Eric Shutt, Eishin Nancy Easton, and Visiting Dharma Teacher Zengyu Paul Discoe. Please send requests for dokusan to our info@ancientdragon.org mailbox. Lay Teacher Douglas Floyd and Practice Leaders Hogetsu Laurie Belzer, Gyoshin Laurel Ross, and Shudo Paula Lazarz also are available for practice interviews and can be reached through info@ancientdragon.org

Finally, our Sangha Care Committee provides and facilitates support for Sangha members and their loved ones. We view caring for our community as an opportunity of mutual benefit, a chance to live out our Bodhisattva precepts and to realize our interconnectedness as beings. Challenging times during which the Sangha Care Committee could be of support include times of illness, grief, or hardship. Examples of support include our Dharma Buddies Program, support during times of illness or hospitalization, and mobilization of sangha resources and mutual aid. Please contact sanghacare@ancientdragon.org to be in touch.


Click the Online Zendo button above to enter our online zendo via ZOOM. Please bow to the camera when entering or becoming visible on Zoom, but then do not face the screen directly during zazen.

Please refer to our calendar for a complete schedule of services and events in our online zendo. As well, please refer to our Online Zendo page for instructions on accessing the room.

Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

Work, Essential Work, and Actualizing the Fundamental Point

ADZG 927 ADZG Monday Night Dharma Talk by Levi Smith

Featured Podcasts: Buddhism in Kamakura Japan

Click here to learn more about some recent dharma talks given by our guiding teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, about key buddhist figures in Kamakura-era Japan.

Turn around the light to shine within, then just return.

Shitou

Song of the Grass Hut

 


Featured Events

 HAIKU NATURE WALK – Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Gyoshin Laurel Ross will lead nature walks to introduce people to writing haiku.  All of the walls will be in natural areas and parks on Chicago’s northside. There is no fee for these walks, but contributions to Ancient Dragon are welcomed. Registration is required to limit the group size to 12.  To register, email Gyoshin at laurelmross@gmail.com.

DAYLONG MEDITATION RETREAT HELD IN-PERSON AND ONLINE BY REV. SHUDO PAULA LAZARZ – Sunday, September 26, 2021 @ 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

We will gather to sit in silent meditation in our pop-up physical zendo @ 1329 N Larrabee 2nd Floor Chicago 60610 and in Zoomspace. Although partial attendance options are available, you are encouraged to join for the entire day. Registration required by September 21, 2021. Suggested donation is $75.00, or by self-determined sliding scale – please contribute any amount that works for you. Click the event link to register and for more information.

DOGEN’S LINK OF ENVIRONMENT AND DEVOTION: SEMINAR BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON – Sunday, October 3, 2021 @ 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Online Seminar by Taigen Leighton on Dogen’s teachings about our Environment and its Awakening capacity, and how Dogen links Environment to Devotional practice. Click the event link for more information and to register. $50 suggested donation, sliding scale available.

 

 


Featured News

RECENT BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS AVAILABLE

Highlights from our recent board meeting on August 22 are now available to read here. You can also check out past highlights on our Board Meeting Highlights page.

KAZ TANAHASHI CHICAGO PERFORMANCE

Kaz Tanahashi, zen poet, artist, translator, and good friend of our guiding teacher Taigen Dan Leighton, will participate in the premiere of “A Brush With Our Time”, a multimedia piece in collaboration with Fourth Coast Ensemble, the Chicago-based vocal ensemble, at the Newberry Library on Sunday, September 19. Info and a link to purchase tickets can be found here.

thomas cleary IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOMAS CLEARY

Our guiding teacher Taigen Dan Leighton has written a short remembrance for Thomas Cleary, a prolific translator of many important Buddhist texts, who died on June 20. Taigen’s remembrance can be found here, as well as on Taigen’s Articles page.

 


Check out our Sangha News page to look at older news items previously featured here.

ARCHIVAL TALKS

As Ancient Dragon Zen Gate activates as an online sangha for an undetermined amount of time, we will be providing selections of podcasts to all on a periodic basis to provide dharma steadily. Please refer to our Archival Talks page for past collections and commentary on the collections of talks, including the current collection which is focused on opening the self with compassion.
 
Myogen Steve Stucky 9/13/10 (ADZG 74) – Nirvana-Samsara: What’s the Difference?
Zoketsu Norman Fischer 6/3/13 (ADZG 234) – Training in Compassion
Taigen Dan Leighton 10/22/12 (ADZG 190) – People Worrying About People Worrying

Sangha Calendar

Mon 27

Monday Morning Online Zazen with Douglas Floyd

Monday September 27, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Mon 27

Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk by Douglas Floyd

Monday September 27, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 28

Tuesday Morning Online Zazen with David Wray

Tuesday September 28, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Tue 28

Meditation and Recovery Online

Tuesday September 28, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Donate when shopping at AmazonSmile!

Every little bit helps!  Amazon will contribute a small percentage of your purchase when choose us,  Ancient Dragon Zen Gate NFP, when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/41-2219998.


 

Click the Online Zendo button above to enter our online zendo via ZOOM. Please bow to the camera when entering or becoming visible on Zoom, but then do not face the screen directly during zazen.

Please refer to our calendar for a complete schedule of services and events in our online zendo. As well, please refer to our Online Zendo page for instructions on accessing the room.

ANCIENT DRAGON ZEN GATE CLOSED; IN-PERSON AND ONLINE ZEN PROGRAMS CONTINUE

Due to the ongoing pandemic and safety concerns, we made the difficult decision to shut the doors to our temple. The Irving Park Road temple will no longer serve the community as a practice place. Instead, meetings have moved online. Ancient Dragon plans to conduct monthly in-person practice opportunities, with the option of attending through our online zendo. Our many active Ancient Dragon programs will continue to meet through Zoom in our online zendo. Please see our calendar, the Sangha Events section, and the Meditation Events sections of this site for news about upcoming events. In order to address concerns regarding COVID, participants who attend events in person must comply with Ancient Dragon’s ADZG In-Person Event Policy and with any additional requirements contained in the registration form for the event or communicated by the Sangha leader for the event. We look forward to locating a suitable new space for our Chicago temple when safety from the pandemic allows.

While the Ancient Dragon temple is closed, Guiding Dharma Teacher Taigen Dan Leighton will be available for dokusan by telephone or zoom, as will Dharma Teachers Nyozan Eric Shutt, Eishin Nancy Easton, and Visiting Dharma Teacher Zengyu Paul Discoe. Please send requests for dokusan to our info@ancientdragon.org mailbox. Lay Teacher Douglas Floyd and Practice Leaders Hogetsu Laurie Belzer, Gyoshin Laurel Ross, and Shudo Paula Lazarz also are available for practice interviews and can be reached through info@ancientdragon.org

Finally, our Sangha Care Committee provides and facilitates support for Sangha members and their loved ones. We view caring for our community as an opportunity of mutual benefit, a chance to live out our Bodhisattva precepts and to realize our interconnectedness as beings. Challenging times during which the Sangha Care Committee could be of support include times of illness, grief, or hardship. Examples of support include our Dharma Buddies Program, support during times of illness or hospitalization, and mobilization of sangha resources and mutual aid. Please contact sanghacare@ancientdragon.org to be in touch.


Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

Work, Essential Work, and Actualizing the Fundamental Point

ADZG 927 ADZG Monday Night Dharma Talk by Levi Smith

Featured Podcasts: Buddhism in Kamakura Japan

Click here to learn more about some recent dharma talks given by our guiding teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, about key buddhist figures in Kamakura-era Japan.

 


Featured Events

 HAIKU NATURE WALK – Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Gyoshin Laurel Ross will lead nature walks to introduce people to writing haiku.  All of the walls will be in natural areas and parks on Chicago’s northside. There is no fee for these walks, but contributions to Ancient Dragon are welcomed. Registration is required to limit the group size to 12.  To register, email Gyoshin at laurelmross@gmail.com.

DAYLONG MEDITATION RETREAT HELD IN-PERSON AND ONLINE BY REV. SHUDO PAULA LAZARZ – Sunday, September 26, 2021 @ 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

We will gather to sit in silent meditation in our pop-up physical zendo @ 1329 N Larrabee 2nd Floor Chicago 60610 and in Zoomspace. Although partial attendance options are available, you are encouraged to join for the entire day. Registration required by September 21, 2021. Suggested donation is $75.00, or by self-determined sliding scale – please contribute any amount that works for you. Click the event link to register and for more information.

DOGEN’S LINK OF ENVIRONMENT AND DEVOTION: SEMINAR BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON – Sunday, October 3, 2021 @ 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Online Seminar by Taigen Leighton on Dogen’s teachings about our Environment and its Awakening capacity, and how Dogen links Environment to Devotional practice. Click the event link for more information and to register. $50 suggested donation, sliding scale available.

 

 


Featured News

RECENT BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS AVAILABLE

Highlights from our recent board meeting on August 22 are now available to read here. You can also check out past highlights on our Board Meeting Highlights page.

KAZ TANAHASHI CHICAGO PERFORMANCE

Kaz Tanahashi, zen poet, artist, translator, and good friend of our guiding teacher Taigen Dan Leighton, will participate in the premiere of “A Brush With Our Time”, a multimedia piece in collaboration with Fourth Coast Ensemble, the Chicago-based vocal ensemble, at the Newberry Library on Sunday, September 19. Info and a link to purchase tickets can be found here.

thomas cleary IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOMAS CLEARY

Our guiding teacher Taigen Dan Leighton has written a short remembrance for Thomas Cleary, a prolific translator of many important Buddhist texts, who died on June 20. Taigen’s remembrance can be found here, as well as on Taigen’s Articles page.

 


Check out our Sangha News page to look at older news items previously featured here.

Sangha Calendar

Mon 27

Monday Morning Online Zazen with Douglas Floyd

Monday September 27, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Mon 27

Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk by Douglas Floyd

Monday September 27, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 28

Tuesday Morning Online Zazen with David Wray

Tuesday September 28, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Tue 28

Meditation and Recovery Online

Tuesday September 28, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

ARCHIVAL TALKS

As Ancient Dragon Zen Gate activates as an online sangha for an undetermined amount of time, we will be providing selections of podcasts to all on a periodic basis to provide dharma steadily. Please refer to our Archival Talks page for past collections and commentary on the collections of talks, including the current collection which is focused on opening the self with compassion.
 
Myogen Steve Stucky 9/13/10 (ADZG 74) – Nirvana-Samsara: What’s the Difference?
Zoketsu Norman Fischer 6/3/13 (ADZG 234) – Training in Compassion
Taigen Dan Leighton 10/22/12 (ADZG 190) – People Worrying About People Worrying

Donate when shopping at AmazonSmile!

Every little bit helps!  Amazon will contribute a small percentage of your purchase when choose us,  Ancient Dragon Zen Gate NFP, when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/41-2219998.