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Shuso Ceremony at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate

Shuso Ceremony at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate

The ADZG spring practice period ended with a three-day sesshin ending June 4th. A shuso (head monk) questioning ceremony for shuso Keizan Titus O’Brien was held the evening before. Here are pictures from after the ceremony with Keizan and Taigen; with shuso...
Kaz Tanahashi Visits

Kaz Tanahashi Visits

Artist and scholar Kazuaki Tanahashi recently visited Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago, where he taught a calligraphy workshop Saturday, July 9 and gave a Dharma talk Sunday morning, July 10. During the workshop, Kaz’s eager students had fun brushing Chinese...
Chicago Lay Ordination

Chicago Lay Ordination

Taigen performed a lay ordination precept ceremony for three of our members. As part of the ceremony, the three ordainees received new Dharma names from Taigen. Gary Wilson is now also: Yaku’o Shinkaku – Healing Response  Faithful Crane; Jeremy Herzberg is...
Chicago Lay Ordination

Chicago Lay Ordination

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate had a lay ordination precept ceremony (jukai) performed by Taigen Leighton, with assistance from sewing teacher Hogetsu Laurie Belzer and director Nancy Easton. Receiving the precepts, taking refuge, and receiving new Dharma names were Serena...
Nourishing Our Lives: Bodhisattva Precepts

Nourishing Our Lives: Bodhisattva Precepts

The tradition of focused periods of community practice originates from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. A practice period is a time when practitioners intentionally join together to deepen and support each others’ practice of the Buddha way. In the Japanese Zen...
Pilgrimage to Northern China Zen Sites

Pilgrimage to Northern China Zen Sites

  Taigen Dan Leighton, along with members of the Ancient Dragon Zen Gate and the Mountain Source Sangha, participated during June, 2007 in a pilgrimage in northern China to monasteries and other important sites in the history of Chan Buddhism. The contributions...