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 visit our online zendo to learn meditation before the regularly scheduled period of meditation. Please email info@ancientdragon.org in order to arrange for meditation instruction.

ANCIENT DRAGON ZEN GATE CLOSED; ACTIVE ONLINE ZEN PROGRAM CONTINUES

Due to the ongoing pandemic and safety concerns, we made the difficult decision to shut the doors to our temple. The Irving Park Road temple will no longer serve the community as a practice place. Instead, meetings have moved online. Our many active Ancient Dragon programs will now meet through Zoom in our online Zendo. We look forward to locating a suitable new space for our Chicago temple when safety from the pandemic allows.

While the Ancient Dragon temple is closed, Guiding Dharma Teacher Taigen Dan Leighton will be available for dokusan by telephone or zoom, as will Dharma Teachers Nyozan Eric Shutt, Eishin Nancy Easton, and Visiting Dharma Teacher Zengyu Paul Discoe. Please send requests for dokusan to our info@ancientdragon.org mailbox. Lay Teacher Douglas Floyd and Practice Leaders Hogetsu Laurie Belzer, Gyoshin Laurel Ross, Shudo Paula Lazarz, and Fushin Susan Schoenbohm also are available for practice interviews and can be reached through info@ancientdragon.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 sslytle@gmail.com.


ARCHIVAL TALKS

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 periodic basis to provide dharma steadily. Please refer to our Archival Talks page for past collections and commentary on the collections of talks, including the current collection which is focused on opening the self with compassion.
 
Myogen Steve Stucky 9/13/10 (ADZG 74) – Nirvana-Samsara: What’s the Difference?
Zoketsu Norman Fischer 6/3/13 (ADZG 234) – Training in Compassion
Taigen Dan Leighton 10/22/12 (ADZG 190) – People Worrying About People Worrying

 


Featured News

STATEMENTS ON THE ATTACKS OF JANUARY 6

Click the links below to read statements from San Francisco Zen Center and the Soto Zen Buddhist Association regarding the attacks on the Capitol Building on January 6.

San Francisco Zen Center Statement
Soto Zen Buddhist Association Statement

WINTER SOLSTICE DEDICATION

Click here to read our winter solstice dedication composed by our founding teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton.

 

grass hut landscapeTALK BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON ON SONG OF THE GRASS HUT

Click here to watch a talk given by our founding teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, in the online zendo of Zen Center North Shore on November 19, 2020 on the Song of the Grass Hut.

 

sarahvalentine ZAZEN AND DHARMA TALK BY SARAH VALENTINE: A JOURNEY THROUGH RACE AND SELF – Sunday, January 24, 2021 @ 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Dharma talk by Guest Teacher and writer Sarah Valentine: A Journey through Race and Self. Sarah is author of When I was White: A Memoir. Sarah was a regular participant at Ancient Dragon when she lived in Chicago, where she was a professor of literature at Northwestern University. Sunday Morning Public Program in our online Zendo via ZOOM.

FLOWER ORNAMENT SUTRA READING GROUP – Friday, February 5, 2021 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Monthly reading of the classic expansive and psychedelic Mahayana Buddhist text, Avatamsaka Sutra (Flower Ornament Sutra), open to all. Participants are not expected to purchase this text and are welcome to drop in for any reading group gathering. There is no registration or fee to attend, but donations are welcome. Email info@ancientdragon.org with questions.

 


Check out our Sangha News page to look at older news items previously featured here.

Click the button above to enter our online zendo via ZOOM. Please bow to the camera when entering or becoming visible on Zoom, but then do not face the screen directly during zazen.

Please refer to our calendar for a complete schedule of services and events in our online zendo. As well, please refer to our Online Zendo page for instructions on accessing the room.

Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

Martin Luther King Day and the Assault on the Capitol

ADZG 863 ADZG Monday Night 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.

Online Video Dharma Talks

As our sangha moves online while our physical zendo is closed, we have been able to record many of our dharma talks on video. Below is our latest video dharma talk; others can be found on our Online Video Dharma Talks page.

Zazen and Resilience – Taigen Dan Leighton – May 24, 2020

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Upcoming Events

Mon 25

Monday Morning Online Zazen with Douglas Floyd

Monday January 25, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Tue 26

Tuesday Morning Online Zazen with Jokai Ian Davis

Tuesday January 26, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Tue 26

Meditation and Recovery Online

Tuesday January 26, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Click the button above to enter our online zendo via ZOOM. Please bow to the camera when entering or becoming visible on Zoom, but then do not face the screen directly during zazen.

Please refer to our calendar for a complete schedule of services and events in our online zendo. As well, please refer to our Online Zendo page for instructions on accessing the room.

ANCIENT DRAGON ZEN GATE CLOSED; ACTIVE ONLINE ZEN PROGRAM CONTINUES

Due to the ongoing pandemic and safety concerns, we made the difficult decision to shut the doors to our temple. The Irving Park Road temple will no longer serve the community as a practice place. Instead, meetings have moved online. Our many active Ancient Dragon programs will now meet through Zoom in our online Zendo. We look forward to locating a suitable new space for our Chicago temple when safety from the pandemic allows.

While the Ancient Dragon temple is closed, Guiding Dharma Teacher Taigen Dan Leighton will be available for dokusan by telephone or zoom, as will Dharma Teachers Nyozan Eric Shutt, Eishin Nancy Easton, and Visiting Dharma Teacher Zengyu Paul Discoe. Please send requests for dokusan to our info@ancientdragon.org mailbox. Lay Teacher Douglas Floyd and Practice Leaders Hogetsu Laurie Belzer, Gyoshin Laurel Ross, Shudo Paula Lazarz, and Fushin Susan Schoenbohm also are available for practice interviews and can be reached through info@ancientdragon.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 sslytle@gmail.com.


 


Featured News

STATEMENTS ON THE ATTACKS OF JANUARY 6

Click the links below to read statements from San Francisco Zen Center and the Soto Zen Buddhist Association regarding the attacks on the Capitol Building on January 6.

San Francisco Zen Center Statement
Soto Zen Buddhist Association Statement

WINTER SOLSTICE DEDICATION

Click here to read our winter solstice dedication composed by our founding teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton.

 

grass hut landscapeTALK BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON ON SONG OF THE GRASS HUT

Click here to watch a talk given by our founding teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, in the online zendo of Zen Center North Shore on November 19, 2020 on the Song of the Grass Hut.

 

sarahvalentine ZAZEN AND DHARMA TALK BY SARAH VALENTINE: A JOURNEY THROUGH RACE AND SELF – Sunday, January 24, 2021 @ 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Dharma talk by Guest Teacher and writer Sarah Valentine: A Journey through Race and Self. Sarah is author of When I was White: A Memoir. Sarah was a regular participant at Ancient Dragon when she lived in Chicago, where she was a professor of literature at Northwestern University. Sunday Morning Public Program in our online Zendo via ZOOM.

FLOWER ORNAMENT SUTRA READING GROUP – Friday, February 5, 2021 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Monthly reading of the classic expansive and psychedelic Mahayana Buddhist text, Avatamsaka Sutra (Flower Ornament Sutra), open to all. Participants are not expected to purchase this text and are welcome to drop in for any reading group gathering. There is no registration or fee to attend, but donations are welcome. Email info@ancientdragon.org with questions.

 


Check out our Sangha News page to look at older news items previously featured here.

ARCHIVAL TALKS

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 periodic basis to provide dharma steadily. Please refer to our Archival Talks page for past collections and commentary on the collections of talks, including the current collection which is focused on opening the self with compassion.
 
Myogen Steve Stucky 9/13/10 (ADZG 74) – Nirvana-Samsara: What’s the Difference?
Zoketsu Norman Fischer 6/3/13 (ADZG 234) – Training in Compassion
Taigen Dan Leighton 10/22/12 (ADZG 190) – People Worrying About People Worrying

Upcoming Events

Mon 25

Monday Morning Online Zazen with Douglas Floyd

Monday January 25, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Tue 26

Tuesday Morning Online Zazen with Jokai Ian Davis

Tuesday January 26, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Tue 26

Meditation and Recovery Online

Tuesday January 26, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

Xuefeng the Rice Cook, Book of Serenity case 55

ADZG 861 ADZG Monday Night Dharma Talk by Douglas Floyd

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.

Online Video Dharma Talks

As our sangha moves online while our physical zendo is closed, we have been able to record many of our dharma talks on video. Below is our latest video dharma talk; others can be found on our Online Video Dharma Talks page.

Zazen and Resilience – Taigen Dan Leighton – May 24, 2020

Visit us on Facebook

For our very latest news, please like our page on Facebook.

Visit Us on Instagram

To see our latest images, please follow us on Instagram.

Donate when shopping at AmazonSmile!

Every little bit helps!  Amazon will contribute a small percentage of your purchase when choose us,  Ancient Dragon Zen Gate NFP, when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/41-2219998.