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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BEARING WITNESS:  MEDITATION IN ACTION
Please join an informal gathering of local Buddhist practitioners to sit together in meditation and bear witness at a rally to End Detention and Welcome Migrants.

Saturday July 13, 2019  @11am-1pm at Daley Plaza
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Three prominent teachers from different Chan/Zen traditions, including our head teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, shared their lineages' teachings, and held a dialogue.A CROSS-ZEN DIALOGUE
Three prominent teachers from different Chan/Zen traditions, including our head teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, shared their lineages’ teachings, and held a dialogue.

Recorded at Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago on June 28, 2019

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Upcoming Events

Thu 18
Sun 21

Meditation instruction, Zazen and Dharma talk Shudo Paula Lazarz

Sunday July 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Mon 22

Zen Meditation and Dharma talk by Hogetsu Laurie Belzer

Monday July 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 23

Meditation and Recovery

Tuesday July 23, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed 24

Wednesday Morning Zazen

Wednesday July 24, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

The Death of Jakelin Ca’al Maquin and Our Ancient Twisted Karma: Contextualizing the Current Border Crisis

ADZG 728 ADZG Monday Night Student Talk by Ben Penglase

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