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

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.


Volunteers needed for Food Donation and Meal Preparation for Rohatsu Sesshin (December 5-9, 2018)

If you would like volunteer, please see the Tenzo, Paula Lazarz, or email us at by November 14, 2018.


Full Moon Bodhisattva Ceremony @ HealthKick Kung Fu

Sat. NOV 24, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 


Rohatsu sesshin: 5 Day Meditation Retreat led by Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton 
Join us for 1 or more days to honor Buddha’s awakening
DECEMBER 5-9, 2018 

Registration required by Nov. 28, 2018

Upcoming Events

Mon 19

Zen Meditation and Dharma talk by Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton

Monday November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 20

Meditation and Recovery

Tuesday November 20 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed 21

Morning Zazen

Wednesday November 21 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Latest Dharma Podcast Episode

The Three Characteristics: Impermanence, Dissatisfaction, Non-self

ADZG 665 ADZG Sunday Morning Dharma Talk by Rev. Yoki Shudo Paula Lazarz

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