Soto Zen Buddhist Meditation in Chicago

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is a community of practitioners committed to Soto Zen Buddhist meditation practice in Chicago. Please join us on the path of beneficial compassion and wisdom inspired by Shakyamuni Buddha.

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 others.

Under the guidance of Dharma Teacher Taigen Dan Leighton, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate evolved from a small meditation group that began meeting once weekly in 2003 and now, we offer many meditation and Zen practice opportunities.

On Sunday mornings, we welcome brand new visitors to our temple for orientation and to learn meditation.

We are located at 1922 W. Irving Park Road in Chicago, Illinois. You are welcome to join us for weekly meditation.


Featured News

Saturday April 20, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm



SATURDAY APRIL 27, 2019 @ 11 AM – 12:15 PM

This gathering is a casual setting for ongoing participants of the sangha to look inside and take care of each other as we work toward the liberation of all beings.


Sunday April 28, 2019, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

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Some 150 Buddhist monks and believers in white costumes wipe and sweep the 15-meter-tall Great Buddha statue which was built in 752 AD, at Todaiji Temple in Nara, western Japan. Monks and volunteers cleaned a year's worth of grime from the Great Buddha for the annual sprucing up as the rirual cleaning. (Jiji Press/Getty Images)ANNUAL SPRING CLEANING
Saturday May 18, 2019, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come for part of the the day or the whole time. No registration is needed, any and all help is welcome.



Upcoming Events

Sun 28

Daylong Meditation Retreat with Rev. Shudo Paula Lazarz

Sunday April 28, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sun 28

Zazen and Dharma talk with Rev. Shudo Paula Lazarz

Sunday April 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Mon 29

Zen Meditation and Dharma talk by Brian Taylor

Monday April 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 30

Meditation and Recovery

Tuesday April 30, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
May 01

Wednesday Morning Zazen

Wednesday May 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

The Authentic Tea Bowl Before Birth

ADZG 706 ADZG Sunday Morning Dharma Talk by Rev. Eishin Nancy Easton

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