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Responses to the End of Reproductive Rights

The following is from my post to the Soto Zen Buddhist Association teacher’s list. It responds in part to comments by my Dharma sister, Konjin Gaelyn Godwin Roshi of the Houston Zen Center.   Excerpts from Gaelyn’s post:   The politics behind the recent...

Board Meeting Highlights – February 6, 2022

Finances: Our bank balance for our operating fund is currently $109,325, and the balance for our building fund is currently $245,729. There are currently 60 active monthly supporters. Year-end contributions were $33,748, a bit lower than last year, perhaps due to the...

Board Meeting Highlights, December 12, 2021

Thanks were given to Matt Vogel, outgoing director, for his time of service on the board. There was discussion about technical improvements in audio that might be realistically made for the benefit of online participants in sangha events. The microphone will be placed...

Board Meeting Highlights, October 17, 2021

The board approved the rental of temporary space for weekly in-person practice. It will be at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Andersonville, on Foster just west of Ashland. Start date for Sunday mornings and Monday evenings will be November 21. The Temple Search Committee...

Board Meeting Highlights, August 22, 2021

Taigen reported that upcoming guest speakers will include Kokyo Henkel and Steven Heine. Taigen is preparing for an upcoming seminar on Dogen (October 3) and an interview for a documentary film on death and rebirth in Japanese Buddhism. Dave Doerksen will retire after...

In Appreciation of Thomas Cleary : a Personal Remembrance

by Taigen Dan Leighton  July, 2021   I am writing to honor Thomas Cleary after his passing away June 20th and his amazing legacy of translations, Buddhist and otherwise. Many of his texts are crucial to Soto Zen practice, and for all modern Buddhist...

Board Meeting Highlights, June 13, 2021

New board member  – After the resignation of board member Fushin Susan Schoenbohm in April, the board elected Carol Ko Laursen to fulfill her 2-year term. Welcome Ko!  Guiding Teacher  – Taigen will be offering a seminar on Dogen’s Being Time and view of...

Board Meeting Highlights, April 18, 2021

Board of Directors’ Meeting Summary April 18, 2021 The sangha board of directors had a productive meeting on Sunday April 18. Highlights from the meeting include:  A decision to state the board’s intention to look for a building to purchase. It was recognized that...

Winter Solstice Dedication

On this Winter Solstice, Darkest day of the year, we now resolve Not to turn away from the deep darkness of our troubled world and of our lives. We welcome the light increasing now from this day on. May we all spread this glowing light in our lives, May the...

Being Time and Deep Time

Being Time and Deep Time Taigen Dan Leighton From A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time edited by Stephanie Kaza © 2020 by Stephanie Kaza. Reprinted in arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO.   Joanna Macy’s work on deep...

Summary of 2020 Community Meetings

As an effort to protect our sangha, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate has not met in our Irving Park Road city temple since mid-March, shifting focus to operating as a online practice community. This new realm of Zoom zazen has been sometimes strange but has brought many...

thus have I heard from Dainin Katigiri

by Brian Taylor The following is an example of how I sometimes like to digest writings by Zen teachers. While reading one or more books written by a particular teacher, I copy short passages that strike me, putting them in verse form. Later, I rearrange these short...

Pandemic Dharma Words

by Gyoshin Laurel Ross Driving toward my block, hoping for a parking space, I was annoyed when the pickup truck ahead of me suddenly slowed. Was he going to snag my spot?  No. He turned left into the alley and as I pressed down to accelerate I saw the problem.   A...