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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Contribute by Jan 31, 2019 and your donation will be matched by generous donor grants:  Every dollar you donate now will go twice as far!


As our Sangha continues to grow this year, celebrating our 10th anniversary at our Irving Park temple, it is your support today that will allow us to continue to turn the wheel of the Dharma.

Make a donation today by visiting our End of Year Donation page. 


SUNDAY JANUARY 20, 2019 @ 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM

Join us as we celebrate 10 years at our Irving Park location!

January 2009 First Meeting at Irving Park Temple


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2019 @ 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM

There will be children’s activities during zazen, and then a celebration of the Year of the Boar. 



SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2019 @ 7:15 AM5:30 PM 

Please register by January 7, 2019 though contacting Gyoshin at
Attendance for a halfday is also an option.







Upcoming Events

Tue 22

Meditation and Recovery

Tuesday January 22, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed 23

Wednesday Morning Zazen

Wednesday January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Wed 23

Hyde Park Zen Group @ Rockefeller Chapel

Wednesday January 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Thu 24

Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

Contemplation of Impermanence via Personal Experience and the Life of a Silver Maple

ADZG 682 ADZG Monday Night Student Talk by Kathy Bingham

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