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.


Featured News

Daylong Meditation Retreat with Rev. Eishin Nancy Easton
An opportunity to deepen awareness
OCTOBER 28, 2018 


Children’s event and Segaki Ceremony




Volunteers needed for Food Donation and Meal Preparation for Rohatsu Sesshin (December 5-9, 2018)

If you would like volunteer, please see the Tenzo, Paula Lazarz, or email us at by November 14, 2018.


Radical Buddhism and the Three Treasures a Talk By Alan Senauke at DePaul University

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2018  @ 2:00 PM4:00 PM


Rohatsu sesshin: 5 Day Meditation Retreat led by Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton 
Join us for 1 or more days to honor Buddha’s awakening
DECEMBER 5-9, 2018 

Upcoming Events

Mon 22
Tue 23

Meditation and Recovery

October 23 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Latest Dharma Podcast Episode

Book of Serenity Case 7: Yaoshan’s Lecture

ADZG 657 ADZG Monday Night Dharma Talk by Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton