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 FEBRUARY 16, 2019 @ 9:30 AM3:00 PM

Decompress, fully inhabit the body, still the mind and reconnect to your bountiful inner resource.

Email  Paula at to register.  Here is the full schedule: R&R Retreat Schedule


SATURDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2019 @ 10:45 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.








Upcoming Events

Mon 18
Tue 19

Meditation and Recovery

Tuesday February 19, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed 20

Wednesday Morning Zazen

Wednesday February 20, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Wed 20

Hyde Park Zen Group @ Rockefeller Chapel

Wednesday February 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

Dogen’s Birthday and Basic Teachings

ADZG 686 ADZG Sunday Morning Dharma Talk with Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton

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