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.

 


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Some 150 Buddhist monks and believers in white costumes wipe and sweep the 15-meter-tall Great Buddha statue which was built in 752 AD, at Todaiji Temple in Nara, western Japan. Monks and volunteers cleaned a year's worth of grime from the Great Buddha for the annual sprucing up as the rirual cleaning. (Jiji Press/Getty Images)ANNUAL SPRING CLEANING
Saturday May 18, 2019, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come for part of the the day or the whole time. No registration is needed, any and all help is welcome.

 

DAYLONG MEDITATION RETREAT WITH REV. HOGETSU LAURIE BELZER
Sunday May 19, 2019, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Partial attendance is welcome!

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2019 CAMPING SESSHIN

June 20-23, 2019, Illinois State Beach

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Three prominent teachers from different Chan/Zen traditions, including our head teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, will share their lineages' teachings, and have a dialogue with each other and with you.A CROSS-ZEN DIALOGUE
Three prominent teachers from different Chan/Zen traditions, including our head teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, will share their lineages’ teachings, and have a dialogue with each other and with you.
Friday June 28, 2019 6:45 – 9:40 pm
Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

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Upcoming Events

Mon 20

Zen Meditation and Dharma talk by Kathy Bingham

Monday May 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 20

Full Moon Bodhisattva Ceremony

Monday May 20, 2019 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Tue 21

Meditation and Recovery

Tuesday May 21, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed 22

Wednesday Morning Zazen

Wednesday May 22, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Wed 22

Hyde Park Zen Group @ Rockefeller Chapel

Wednesday May 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

The Mindfulness Craze

ADZG 708 Mindfulness is everywhere these days. Does this popular practice reflect the Buddha’s teaching? ADZG Sunday Morning Dharma Talk by Rev. Shudo Paula Lazarz

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