RUTH OZEKI TALK ON NEW BOOK
Zen priest and novelist Ruth Ozeki gave a talk on her latest novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness June 24th at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, co-sponsored by Ancient Dragon Zen Gate and Women and Children First bookstore. Hear her talk on our podcast by clicking here. Two days before the talk, Ruth Ozeki received the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction award for this book.
Responses to the End of Reproductive Rights
Click here to read a post from our guiding teacher, Taigen Dan Leighton, responding to comments by his dharma sister, Konjin Gaelyn Godwin Roshi of the Houston Zen Center, regarding the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade.
RECEPTION FOR HOGETSU LAURIE BELZER
On June 2nd, 2022, our sangha was grateful to celebrate the dharma transmission in May of Hogetsu Laurie Belzer from her teacher Taiyo Lipscomb in Asheville, NC. The joyous and warm reception was held at Kathy Bingham’s residence. Kathy and Eishin Nancy Easton hosted a festive gathering of dragons as attendees brought potluck dishes to share, as well as personal stories of Hogetsu’s instrumental impact on the founding and growth of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. Gifts were given in honor of Hogetsu’s transmission, including a Green Tara statue from the sangha and a kotsu handcrafted by sangha member Michael Soter from a tree at Tassajara. The sangha is thankful to Hogetsu for her helpful leadership, ceaseless support of our sangha, and tender spiritual friendship to all. She now joins the other transmitted teachers at Ancient Dragon. Hogetsu has long been our sangha’s sewing teacher for sewing Buddha’s robe. Her teacher Taiyo is Dharma brother of our guiding teacher Taigen.
RUTH OZEKI BOOK LAUNCH
Ancient Dragon is partnering with Women and Children First (womenandchildrenfirst.com) in welcoming to Chicago internationally renowned novelist and Zen Buddhist Priest Ruth Ozeki to celebrate her recent novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness. The event will take place on Friday, June 24th at 7 PM at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church Auditorium, 1650 W. Foster Ave. Ozeki will be giving background to the creation of and reading excerpts from The Book of Form and Emptiness, and will be introduced by Taigen Dan Leighton, Guiding Teacher of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. Copies of the paperback edition of The Book of Form and Emptiness will be available to purchase. Click here for the event listing which contains more information as well as an Eventbrite link to register for free.
SEMINAR BY TAIGEN ON DOGEN’S EXTENSIVE RECORD
On Saturday, May 21, from 1 – 4:30 PM CST, Taigen Leighton will host an online seminar on Dogen’s Extensive Record, Eihei Koroku. For more details about the event, and to register, click here to view the event listing. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested donation is $50, but sliding scale available to all, less or more is welcome. All are invited regardless of insufficient funds.
BOOK LAUNCH FOR STEVEN HEINE FESTSCHRIFT
Taigen Dan Leighton will be participating in a book launch this Friday, April 8, from 12-3 PM CST, commemorating the release of The Theory and Practice of Zen Buddhism: A Festschrift in Honor of Steven Heine(Springer, 2022), edited by Charles S. Prebish and On-cho Ng, for which he was among many notable contributors. Taigen’s article for the book, “Dōgen’s Vision of the Environment and his Practice of Devotion and Faith,” can be viewed here. The Zoom link to the event can be accessed here.
NEW ARTICLE BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON
Click here to read a new article by Taigen Dan Leighton entitled “Dogen’s Vision of the Environment and His Practice of Devotion and Faith,” to be published in The Theory and Practice of Zen Buddhism: A Festscrift for Steven Heine, edited by Charles Prebish and On-cho Ng (Springer, 2022).
GYOSHIN LAUREL ROSS PARTICIPATING IN INTERFAITH CLIMATE SUMMIT
Ancient Dragon Priest Gyoshin Laurel Ross will speak at an Interfaith Climate Summit at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 13, at Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church with representatives from Baha’i, Sikh, Protestant, Jewish and Catholic faith traditions. Gyoshin will speak about climate change from a Buddhist perspective. The public may attend in person at 600 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago. The event also will be streamed simultaneously on Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church’s YouTube channel. Registration is required for in-person attendance. Visit lppchurch.org for more details.
IN PERSON EVENTS TO RESUME AT EBENEZER LUTHERAN CHURCH ON FEBRUARY 27
Beginning February 27, 2022, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will return to holding in-person events at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 West Foster Avenue, on Sunday mornings and sometime soon also on Monday evenings, to be announced. Ancient Dragon events will continue to be available online and will be recorded. Because of concerns related to the infectiousness of the Omicron variant, Ancient Dragon has updated our COVID policy, which can be found on our COVID Policy page.
REGULAR IN-PERSON EVENTS TO RESUME AT EBENEZER LUTHERAN CHURCH
Starting Sunday Nov. 21st, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will be meeting in person (with Zoom also available) for Sunday morning and Monday evening zazen and Dharma talks at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W Foster Avenue. Please see our full announcement for more details regarding getting to the church, where to go when you arrive, and the COVID policy for attending. All of our other events will continue on Zoom, unless noted in the calendar.
LOTUS SUTRA CHAPTER 25 STUDY GROUP LED BY SHUDO PAULA LAZARZ
This study group will meet three times, all on Sundays: November 28, December 12, and December 19. The group is limited to 10 people. We will use the Gene Reeves translation of the Lotus Sutra. The text of Chapter 25 will be provided to those who don’t own the book. Shudo Paula Lazarz will serve as facilitator. Suggested donation is: $50 – sliding scale available upon request. Click here to register.
KAZ TANAHASHI CHICAGO PERFORMANCE
Kaz Tanahashi, zen poet, artist, translator, and good friend of our guiding teacher Taigen Dan Leighton, will participate in the premiere of “A Brush With Our Time”, a multimedia piece in collaboration with Fourth Coast Ensemble, the Chicago-based vocal ensemble, at the Newberry Library on Sunday, September 19. Info and a link to purchase tickets can be found here.
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.
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 email@example.com. Suggested donation is $35, but is sliding scale. People can donate on our donate page any time before June 19th.
NEW ARTICLE BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON – “BEING DEEP AND DEEP TIME”
Click 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by October 28th to register. Suggested Donation is $100 – sliding scale available.
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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 email@example.com.
Community Meetings Summary Report
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,
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Dylan’s Ongoing Critique of Social Injustice and Masters of War
Taigen’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.
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.