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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...

Instructions for Ebenezer Lutheran Church and COVID policy

Beginning February 27, 2022, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will return to holding in-person events at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 West Foster Avenue, on Sunday mornings and sometime soon also on Monday evenings, to be announced. For CTA transportation take either the...

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 temporality...