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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...

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

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 University of Tulsa’s Institute for Bob Dylan Studies. Bob...