Sangha News

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/

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.

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.