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

On Saturday August 3rd, Ancient Dragon Dharma Teacher Taigen Shizan Leighton completed Dharma transmission ceremonies for his heirs Nyozan Eric Shutt and Eishin Nancy Easton, and authorized them as Dharma teachers. Shosan Victoria Austin from San Francisco Zen Center served as Preceptor for the ceremony.



Upcoming Events

Tue 17

Meditation and Recovery

Tuesday September 17, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed 18

Wednesday Morning Zazen

Wednesday September 18, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Wed 18

on hiatus until October: Hyde Park Zen Group @ Rockefeller Chapel

Wednesday September 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:40 pm
Thu 19

Beginner’s Mind Program: Zazen and Discussion of Suzuki Roshi Teachings

Thursday September 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun 22

Meditation instruction, Zazen and Dharma talk with Tova Green

Sunday September 22, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Latest Dharma Podcast Episodes

It’s a Big Deal: Don’t Squander It

ADZG 735 ADZG Sunday Morning Dharma Talk by Rev. Nyozan Eric Shutt

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