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Bob Dylan’s Visions of Zen Mind

from Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry,  by Taigen Dan Leighton (Wisdom Publications, 2011)    An Off-Beat Conference and a Song Gathering the Mind Sometimes in Zen we sit for a day, or three, five, or seven days, in what is called...

Board Meeting Highlights – September 28, 2022

Some major decisions were made at this meeting, denoting progress as we move forward as a sangha: 1. The board approved the offer of Hogetsu Laurie Belzer to rent the first-floor unit in her building to Ancient Dragon for use as an interim temple location until such...

Shakyamuni at the Border

A Meditation on Peace and War Taigen Leighton,  September 2022 Shakyamuni the Awakened One sat down under a tree At the border of his homeland As the invading army approached.  The two warring armies Hostile and fierce Arrived at the riverside And witnessed Buddha...

Board Meeting Highlights – June 19, 2022

Guiding Teacher report:  - Taigen's vacation will be from July 14 through August 4  - A Practice Council meeting will be on July 7 to talk about intensive practice opportunities - Event with author Ruth Ozeki this Friday 7pm 6.24 at Ebenezer Church, also on Zoom, ...

Board Meeting Highlights – April 10, 2022

Guiding Teacher report:  - There appears to be a new meaning of sangha in this post-pandemic time, which includes both in-person and online participants. It is one hybrid sangha, and we have strong  practitioners in both. Online participants are now approximately a...

Board Meeting Highlights – April 7, 2022

Resolution Regarding in-depth Practice Opportunities: the Board of Directors of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate has lifted its pandemic  suspension of in-person Sunday and Monday gatherings for zazen, dharma talks and discussion. The current temple location presents...

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...