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In Remembrance of Thomas Cleary

thomas clearyOur guiding teacher Taigen Dan Leighton has written a short remembrance for Thomas Cleary, a prolific translator of many important Buddhist texts, who died on June 20. Taigen’s remembrance can be found here, as well as on Taigen’s Articles page.

June 2021 Board Meeting Highlights Available

1000 KannonsThe highlights from our June 2021 board meeting is now posted on our board meeting highlights page.

Conclusion of Hyde Park Zen Group

After some 12 years of existence, the Hyde Park Zen group, led by Nyozan Eric Shutt, will be coming to a conclusion on July 28. It has been an outreach of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, bringing Soto Zen teaching and practice to the University of Chicago. Until the pandemic, the group met in Rockefeller Chapel on Wednesday evenings, had participation by many students and faculty of the University as well as community residents, benefitted from a number of Ancient Dragon teachers and students as speakers, and enjoyed the assistance of a number of UChicago interns who were assigned to Ancient Dragon. In the past year, however, the group has experienced a serious decline in student participation, and the leadership team members have moved on to other commitments, resulting in the necessity to bring this worthy project to an end. Many thanks to Nyozan and all who have been a part of this effort over the years!

Talk by Taigen Dan Leighton on Bob Dylan's 80th Birthday

On Sunday, May 23, Taigen will speak on the Dharma of Bob Dylan in honor of his 80th birthday the next day. Taigen has updated his article, “Bob Dylan’s Ongoing Critique of Social Injustice and Masters of War”, to reflect Dylan’s recent album.

Taigen’s article can also be found in four parts on Untold Dylan (https://bob-dylan.org.uk/) complete with videos of mentioned songs.

New Article by Hozan Alan Senauke

Click here to read a new article by Hozan Alan Senauke, entitled “Is This Buddhism? The Oneness of Spiritual Liberation and Social Justice”. Hozan Senauke will be speaking again at Ancient Dragon on Sunday, June 13. The article will also available on our Dharma Articles and Teachings page. 

SEMINAR ON BEING TIME AND DEEP TIME WITH TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON

Taigen will present a seminar on Being Time and Deep Time on Saturday June 19th about Being Time (via Dogen) and Deep Time (via Joanna Macy). The seminar will be in part based on Taigen’s article “Being Time and Deep Time” from the book A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time (Shambhala).  To register please email info@ancientdragon.org.  Suggested donation is $35, but is sliding scale. People can donate on our donate page any time before June 19th.

RECENT BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS AVAILABLE

1000 Kannons The highlights from our April 2021 board meeting, as well as a working budget document, are now posted on our board meeting highlights page.

Statements on the Attacks of January 6

Click the links below to read statements from San Francisco Zen Center and the Soto Zen Buddhist Association regarding the attacks on the Capitol Building on January 6. 

San Francisco Zen Center Statement
Soto Zen Buddhist Association Statement

Winter Solstice Dedication

Click here to read our winter solstice dedication composed by our founding teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton.

TALK BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON ON SONG OF THE GRASS HUT

grass hut landscapeClick here to watch a talk given by our founding teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, in the online zendo of Zen Center North Shore on November 19, 2020 on the Song of the Grass Hut. 

NEW ARTICLE BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON – “BEING DEEP AND DEEP TIME”

joannamacyClick here to read a new article by Taigen Dan Leighton, “Being Deep and Deep Time.” The article is part of a new book, “A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time,” edited by Stephanie Kaza, that focuses on Macy’s lifetime work and writings. 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.

TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON DHARMA TALK AT NORTH SHORE MEDITATION CENTER

On Thursday Nov. 19th, Taigen will offer a Zoom Dharma talk on the Song of the Grass Hut at the Boston area North Shore Meditation Center, 6:15 – 7:30 PM CST, preceded by zazen and ceremony starting 5:30 pm. Click here for information and to register.

Eightfold Path Study Group

An opportunity to become acquainted with, or do a deeper dive into, The Eightfold Path. Shudo Paula Lazarz is the facilitator. The study text is “The Word Of The Buddha,” by Nyanatiloka Mahathera.  We will also look at commentaries by contemporary teachers to inspire our study and discussion. This group is limited to 10 participants.  Please email info@ancientdragon.org by October 28th to register. Suggested Donation is $100 – sliding scale available.

Chicago Hiroshima Day Events

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Below are recordings of Chicago Hiroshima Day events, co-sponsored by Buddhist Peace Fellowship Chicago and Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, among others. These events are very timely given the new nuclear weapons race our government is launching now.

Community Meetings Summary Report

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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 benefits, including increased practice offerings and new sangha members from around the world. In the month of August, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate held three open community meetings in the online zendo to discuss the helpfulness and challenges of our online practice, possible additional practice opportunities, and whether or not to renew our lease on the temple building on Irving Park Road. Ancient Dragon’s current lease on the temple space, with the option to renew, concludes on December 31st.

Sangha member Brian Taylor assembled a summary of the opinions expressed at these community meetings, which we invite you to read by clicking here.

These community meetings will inform the upcoming Board of Directors meeting on September 13th, during which the renewal of the Irving Park lease will be discussed. Once a formal decision has been made, a follow-up Ancient Dragon community meeting will be scheduled to discuss the decision together and plan our next steps together.

With bows and deep thanks for your practice,

Dylan Toropov

Head Doan

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate

ADZG COMMUNITY MEETING: FUTURE POSSIBILITIES FOR OUR TEMPLE'S LOCATION AND PRACTICE

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm (begins in online zendo after 7:15p zazen)
Saturday, August 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (no zazen – just enter the online zendo at 1pm)
Sunday, August 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am (begins in online zendo after 9:30am zazen)

Calling all dragons!

The Board of Directors warmly invites the sangha, the Ancient Dragon Zen Gate community, to participate in an online discussion of the future of our physical temple and practice possibilities.  Please feel welcome to attend any or all of the three community meetings.  We need community input to chart our course forward in this time of the COVID pandemic. 

The strength of our thriving practice community is exemplified by our agile move online, robust practice offerings, and enthusiastic participation in our online zendo.  As we respond to the reality of the pandemic, our community meetings will help us practically and creatively explore options for temple location and manifestations of the forms of our dharma practice.  

Since March 2020, public health safety concerns have necessitated the close of the temple space and the move of all of our dharma events online, and our physical temple space will remain closed until December 31, 2020 due to the persistence of the pandemic. Now, we face a major decision with significant implications: we need to decide together whether or not to renew the lease on our temple home at 1922 W. Irving Park Road.

Meetings will occur in our online Zendo via ZOOM and instructions on linking are available on the website: https://www.ancientdragon.org/ancient-dragon-zen-gate-online-zendo/

NEW TEXT DISCUSSION GROUP IN SEPTEMBER

Looking for a way to connect with others, deepen your practice, and study an essential Zen text closely? If so, consider joining a new text discussion group that is forming starting on September 2nd! The group will meet on Zoom for five consecutive Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00 pm, and will be limited to eight participants. The emphasis for these discussions will be how the text can illuminate and inform our everyday practice. Please register by August 31st. Suggested donation is $25.00, with a sliding scale available. If you’re interested or have any questions, please email Matt Vogel at matt@ancientdragon.org.

HYDE PARK ZEN GROUP MENTIONED IN TRICYCLE MAGAZINE

Our affiliated dharma group in Hyde Park was recently featured in an article in Tricycle Magazine, a monthly Buddhist review. The article talks about dharma groups at colleges and universities. Click here to read the article, which features interviews with many ADZG practitioners who are part of our Hyde Park group!

TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON ON THE CUKE AUDIO PODCAST

A new episode of the Cuke Audio Podcast features ADZG’s guiding teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, talking with podcast host David Chadwick.  David moderates cuke.com, an archival website devoted to Shunryu Sukuki, the founder of the American branch of our lineage. You can access the podcast on Taigen’s Teachings page, as well as directly on the Cuke Audio Podcast website. 

"THUS HAVE I HEARD FROM KATIGIRI ROSHI" - NEW THOUGHTS BY BRIAN TAYLOR

Click here to read some dharma thoughts by one our sangha members, Brian Taylor.

 

 

 

 

Pandemic Dharma Words

Click here to read some dharma thoughts regarding the pandemic by one of Ancient Dragon’s priests, Gyoshin Laurel Ross.

CHICAGO RELIEF OPTIONS

Take a look at the Chicago Relief Options page for a list of Chicago organizations in need of support, as well as resources to inform ways you can support our community.

MEDITATION IN MOURNING FOR BLACK LIVES TAKEN AND IMPRISONED

We have begun a new Friday morning meditation series in mourning for Black lives taken and imprisoned. The service will be led in our Online Zendo by Dylan Toropov, who asks for your help in selecting material for the discussion portion of the service. Please email info@ancientdragon.org if you can contribute.

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

Bob DylanTaigen’s article “Bob Dylan’s Ongoing Critique of Social Injustice and Masters of War” is a much expanded version of a talk he presented at a Bob Dylan Symposium in Tulsa last year.

Movies and TV for Staying in Place

Our guiding priest, Taigen Dan Leighton, has begun to create a list of movies and TV shows to watch at home while sheltering in place. The list can be found here and is constantly updated. Feel free to send any submissions you have to info@ancientdragon.org!

DHARMA TRANSMISSION

On Saturday August 3rd, 2019, Ancient Dragon Dharma Teacher Taigen Shizan Leighton completed Dharma transmission ceremonies for his Dharma heirs Nyozan Eric Shutt and Eishin Nancy Easton, and authorized them as Dharma teachers. Shosan Victoria Austin from San Francisco Zen Center served as Preceptor for the ceremony.