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Other Ways to Give

Generosity is a matter of the heart.  Our temple is wondrously sustained by gifts of caring effort and unique skills.

Volunteer opportunities

In addition to financial support, please consider also giving your time and talent to Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. Check our Homepage for current, imminent  requests for volunteer or in-kind donations.

Ongoing sangha needs include web design and maintenance, posting podcasts on the website, carpentry or repair work, graphic design, photography expertise, or fundraising skills. Contact or speak to a sangha leader.

Another great way to manifest the oneness of giver, receiver, and gift is to volunteer to help with the daily activities of meditation, preparing and serving food and temple maintenance.  Temple practice volunteer opportunities in meditation hall, kitchen and common areas are described here.


Stewardship: Serve on a Committee or the Board of Directors

Committee and Board membership are great ways to guide our temple direction and help with community outreach. Please consider joining us in realizing the offering of zen practice to Chicago and beyond. If you’d like to serve on a committee or the board, speak to a current member.

The Fundraising Committee drafts the year-end fundraising letter, works closely with the Treasurer to monitor expenditures and donations, provides support for fundraising events, and help develop new creative modes of fundraising

The Promotions Committee supports and promotes Ancient Dragon activities and programs,including developing modes of outreach to promote guest teacher

The Board of Directors sets direction, develops policy and oversees the operations of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate.  Our by-laws require that a Board Member must be a supporting member, i.e., monthly pledger, whose pledges are up to date}.


In-kind Donations

Even a rag or a flower can express the sincere practice of giving  

The kitchen always welcomes gifts of meals and tea treats.  Please contact the Tenzo, head of the kitchen, to donate a food item or help in the kitchen during a retreat.

Cleaning supplies, meditation supplies, kitchen supplies, are always needed.  if you have something specific you’d like to give, please inquire in person, or contact

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