Sangha News


SZBA Statement in Response to the attack on Congress of January 6th

As Zen Buddhist clergy, we condemn the attack on the United States congress on January 6th. We acknowledge the anguish and rage it has brought. At the center of our tradition is the understanding that violence leads to violence, compassion to compassion, ignorance to...

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ANCIENT DRAGON ZEN GATE NFP

The following resolution amending the Bylaws of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate NFP are adopted by the Board of Directors: Article 3 Section 3(g) of the Bylaws is amended and restated as follows: (g) Call for and hold meetings of the Participants (as defined hereafter), as...

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...

Tribal Land Acknowledgment

Today we honor and uplift that this territory is home to the original stewards and guardians of Chicago-land: the Miami, Oceti Sakowin ("Oh-chey-tee Sha-koh-ween"), Kickapoo, Peoria, Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. The alliance of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and...