ANCIENT DRAGON ZEN GATE TEMPORARILY CLOSED
As a measure to protect the health of its Sangha members and to avoid contributing to the spread of the coronavirus, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will be closed until it is determined that is safe to resume conducting in-person. No programs will be conducted at Ancient Dragon during this time. We will provide a notice on this website as soon as we determine a date for resumption of activities at the temple. Please check back here for updates.
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 weekly basis to provide dharma steadily. These links can be found below in the Archival Talks section, as well as on the Archival Talks page. As well, we have arranged live streaming of Dharma talks during the closure – this information can be found below in the ADZG Online Dharma Schedule section.
While Ancient Dragon is closed, Taigen Dan Leighton will be available for dokusan by telephone. Please send requests for dokusan to our email@example.com mailbox. Practice leaders Eishin Nancy Easton, Nyozan Eric Shutt, Hogetsu Laurie Belzer, Yoki Shudo Paula Lazarz, Gyoshin Laurel Ross, and Douglas Floyd also are available for practice interviews and can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, Sangha member Sara Lytle is available to offer support to Sangha members who are experiencing stress and anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic. You may contact her directly at email@example.com.
ADZG Online Dharma Schedule
Our current schedule of online weekly practice events is as follows:
Zazen will be held at 9:30am – 10:10am (CDT)
Dharma Talks will be held held at 10:15am (CDT)
Zazen will be held at:
M/W/F: 7:00am – 7:40am (CDT)
Tu: 8:00am – 8:40am (CDT)
immediately followed by chanting Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra and Ecosattva Vows
Th: 8:00am – 8:30am (CDT) followed by brief teaching reflection and check-in
Before participating in the online zendo, please download the Zoom app to your computer, laptop or smartphone. After downloading the app, participants can link to the Dharma talk by clicking the “Enter ADZG Online Zendo” button below.
If you’re already in the Zoom app, the Meeting ID is 534-283-9185
You may also call into the meeting via telephone by dialing 1-312-626-6799 and entering the Meeting ID listed above. You will need to enter a password, which is 902829.
Please Note: if you are a first time Zoom user, the app will prompt you set up your video and audio connection.
When you first join the talk, your microphone will automatically be muted. To unmute temporarily, press the *spacebar* while you are talking.
If you have any technical questions or concerns please contact Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For our second trip through the Ancient Dragon Zen Gate podcast archives we have a theme of “Learning to Be At Home.” In addition to a talk given by one of Ancient Dragon’s priests and retired Urban Conservation Director at Chicago’s Field Museum, Gyoshin Laurel Ross, we would also like to share talks given by Tenshin Reb Anderson, senior Dharma teacher at San Francisco Zen Center and at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center (as well as Taigen’s teacher), and Joanna Macy, an esteemed environmental activist, author, scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A new book just out about Joanna’s work, “A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time” (Shambhala) includes a chapter by Taigen, “Buddhist Being Time and Joanna Macy’s Deep Time.”
- Gyoshin Laurel Ross 9/9/09 – Chicago Wilderness
- Tenshin Reb Anderson 4/25/10 – Cultivating Great Compassion and Loving Kindness (Opening of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate)
- Joanna Macy 7/2/12 – Living the Fullness of Time
Links to previous selections can be found on our Archival Talks page.
FULL MOON BODHISATTVA CEREMONY – Tuesday, April 7, 2020 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Traditional monthly repentance ceremony with melodic chanting invoking buddhas and bodhisattvas, led by Ancient Dragon Zen priests. The event will be held online in our virtual Zoom zendo. Please email email@example.com if you would like to participate.
SPRING 2020 PRACTICE COMMITMENT PERIOD
Because of the risk from coronavirus, Ancient Dragon is cancelling its Spring Practice Commitment Period. We will determine over the next months whether it will be practicable to hold a Practice Commitment Period later this year. Please check this website for updates.
NEW ARTICLE BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON – Bob Dylan’s Ongoing Critique of Social Injustice and Masters of War
Taigen’s article “Bob Dylan’s Ongoing Critique of Social Injustice and Masters of War” is a much expanded version of a talk he presented at a Bob Dylan Symposium in Tulsa last year.
Our guiding teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, has started a list of movies and TV shows to watch while staying in place. Feel free to add to the list by sending recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes
Introduction to the Flower Ornament Sutra
ADZG 790 ADZG Sunday Morning Dharma Talk by Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton
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.
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On Saturday August 3rd, 2019, Ancient Dragon Dharma Teacher Taigen Shizan Leighton completed Dharma transmission ceremonies for his heirs, Nyozan Eric Shutt and Eishin Nancy Easton, and authorized them as Dharma teachers. Shosan Victoria Austin from San Francisco Zen Center served as Preceptor for the ceremony. As part of the ceremony, Eishin and Nyozan received new brown okesas and ceremonial implements.