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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, and Shudo Paula Lazarz 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

SEMINAR ON BEING TIME AND DEEP TIME WITH TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON – Saturday, June 19, 2021 @ 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Taigen will present a seminar on Being Time and Deep Time on Saturday June 19th about Being Time (via Dogen) and Deep Time (via Joanna Macy). The seminar will be in part based on Taigen’s article “Being Time and Deep Time” from the book A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time (Shambhala).  To register please email info@ancientdragon.org.  Suggested donation is $35, but is sliding scale. People can donate on our donate page any time before June 19th.

ZAZEN AND DHARMA TALK BY HAKUSHO JOHAN OSTLUND – Sunday, June 20, 2021 @ 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Dharma talk by Hakusho Johan Ostlund, who was a San Francisco Zen Center priest intern at Ancient Dragon in 2016. Sunday Morning Public Program in our online Zendo via ZOOM.

OUTDOOR ALL-DAY SESSHIN – Sunday, June 27, 2021 @ 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Outdoor sesshin hosted by Eishin Nancy Easton. The normal Sunday morning zazen (at 9:30 AM) and dharma talk (at 10:15 AM), also given by Eishin, is open to the public in our online Zendo via ZOOM. Suggested registration fee is $75. To register, or for more information, email info@ancientdragon.org.

NEW ARTICLE BY HOZAN ALAN SENAUKE

Click here to read a new article by Hozan Alan Senauke, entitled “Is This Buddhism? The Oneness of Spiritual Liberation and Social Justice”. The article will also available on our Dharma Articles and Teachings page.

1000 Kannons RECENT BOARD MEETING MINUTES AVAILABLE

The minutes from our April 2021 board meeting, as well as a working budget document, are now posted on our board meeting notes page.

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


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

Dongshan’s Hot and Cold: Responses to Climate

ADZG 901 ADZG Monday Night Dharma Talk by 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

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.


 

Sangha Calendar

Wed 16

Hyde Park Zen Group – Online Zazen, Dharma Talk, Discussion

Wednesday June 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu 17

Thursday Morning Online Zazen with Hogetsu Laurie Belzer

Thursday June 17, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Thu 17

Beginner’s Mind Zazen & Discussion Online

Thursday June 17, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 18

Meditation in Decolonizing Consciousness

Friday June 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri 18

Dragon Zoom Happy Hour

Friday June 18, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 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, and Shudo Paula Lazarz 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

SEMINAR ON BEING TIME AND DEEP TIME WITH TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON – Saturday, June 19, 2021 @ 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Taigen will present a seminar on Being Time and Deep Time on Saturday June 19th about Being Time (via Dogen) and Deep Time (via Joanna Macy). The seminar will be in part based on Taigen’s article “Being Time and Deep Time” from the book A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time (Shambhala).  To register please email info@ancientdragon.org.  Suggested donation is $35, but is sliding scale. People can donate on our donate page any time before June 19th.

ZAZEN AND DHARMA TALK BY HAKUSHO JOHAN OSTLUND – Sunday, June 20, 2021 @ 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Dharma talk by Hakusho Johan Ostlund, who was a San Francisco Zen Center priest intern at Ancient Dragon in 2016. Sunday Morning Public Program in our online Zendo via ZOOM.

OUTDOOR ALL-DAY SESSHIN – Sunday, June 27, 2021 @ 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Outdoor sesshin hosted by Eishin Nancy Easton. The normal Sunday morning zazen (at 9:30 AM) and dharma talk (at 10:15 AM), also given by Eishin, is open to the public in our online Zendo via ZOOM. Suggested registration fee is $75. To register, or for more information, email info@ancientdragon.org.

NEW ARTICLE BY HOZAN ALAN SENAUKE

Click here to read a new article by Hozan Alan Senauke, entitled “Is This Buddhism? The Oneness of Spiritual Liberation and Social Justice”. The article will also available on our Dharma Articles and Teachings page.

1000 Kannons RECENT BOARD MEETING MINUTES AVAILABLE

The minutes from our April 2021 board meeting, as well as a working budget document, are now posted on our board meeting notes page.

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


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

Sangha Calendar

Wed 16

Hyde Park Zen Group – Online Zazen, Dharma Talk, Discussion

Wednesday June 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu 17

Thursday Morning Online Zazen with Hogetsu Laurie Belzer

Thursday June 17, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Thu 17

Beginner’s Mind Zazen & Discussion Online

Thursday June 17, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 18

Meditation in Decolonizing Consciousness

Friday June 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri 18

Dragon Zoom Happy Hour

Friday June 18, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

Dongshan’s Hot and Cold: Responses to Climate

ADZG 901 ADZG Monday Night Dharma Talk by 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

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.