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

Please join us for a Sangha Meeting!

Sunday Dec 16, 2018
Monday Dec 17, 2018

On January 20th Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its location on Irving Park Road in Chicago.  This has been a time of growth from our beginning as a small sitting group into a mature Sangha. One mark of this maturation has been the recent transfer of many administrative and operational responsibilities from our Dharma Teacher Taigen Dan Leighton to members of the Sangha, so that Taigen may focus on teaching.  Our Sangha has come of age and, in recognition of Taigen’s dedicated support of Ancient Dragon for more than ten years, the Board of Directors has authorized a sabbatical next year that will free Taigen to study, write and practice.  The sabbatical will extend from mid-March of 2019 through September. Please join us on Sunday, December 16, or Monday, December 17, for a discussion of Taigen’s sabbatical and Ancient Dragon’s leadership during his absence. I look forward to seeing you there.

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate welcomes your contributed support towards our Year End Donation Campaign.

Our temple Director, Douglas Floyd, invites your support today to be a contributor toward the 2018 End of Year Donation Campaign. As our Sangha continues to grow this year, celebrating our 10th anniversary at our Irving Park temple, it is your support today that will allow us to continue to turn the wheel of the Dharma. Make a donation today by visiting our End of Year Donation page.

Listen to Alan Senauke on WBEZ’s Worldview!

Hozan Alan Senauke, Vice Abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center and former Executive of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, recently spoke at Ancient Dragon and DePaul University.  He was interviewed by Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ about Protecting Rohingya and Building Community Through Buddhism. Click here to listen to the WBEZ interview.


We Are All Refugees
Taigen attended the Tree of Life synagogue while growing up in Pittsburgh. In an article in Lion’s Roar magazine published October 30, 2018, He reflects on how all of us, near and far, are connected to the tragedy.



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