Sangha News


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...

Tribal Land Acknowledgment

Today we honor and uplift that this territory is home to the original stewards and guardians of Chicago-land: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. Their alliance is known as The Council of Three Fires, first formed in the year 796 of the common era at...

Ecosattva Vows

Based on my love of the world and understanding of deep interdependence of all things, I vow: To live in Earth more lightly and less violently in the food, products and energy I consume. To commit myself daily to the healing of the world and the welfare of all beings;...

Bob Dylan’s Ongoing Critique of Social Injustice and Masters of War

Bob Dylan’s Ongoing Critique of Social Injustice and Masters of War  by Taigen Dan Leighton (Copyright © 2020 Taigen Dan Leighton)  This is a much-expanded version of a talk presented at the World of Bob Dylan International Symposium, May 30 to June 2, 2019, at the...

Zazen as Enactment Ritual

Taigen Dan Leighton  Article for the book, Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice, edited by Steven Heine and Dale Wright (Oxford University Press, 2008) Buddhist meditation has commonly been considered an instrumental technique aimed at obtaining a...