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

On Saturday August 3rd, 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.



Upcoming Events

Sun 25

Daylong Meditation Retreat with Rev. Shudo Paula Lazarz

Sunday August 25, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sun 25

Zazen and Dharma talk with Rev. Shudo Paula Lazarz

Sunday August 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Mon 26

Zen Meditation and Dharma talk with Douglas Floyd

Monday August 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 27

Meditation and Recovery

Tuesday August 27, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed 28

Wednesday Morning Zazen

Wednesday August 28, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

Celebration of Dharma Transmission

ADZG 730 ADZG Sunday Morning Dharma Talk by Rev.s Taigen Dan Leighton, Eishin Nancy Easton, Nyozan Eric Shutt, and Shosan Victoria Austin

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