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Weekly Practice Opportunities

A MESSAGE TO NEW FOLKS: We strongly encourage everyone new to our temple or to meditation to participate in an orientation to our temple style and meditation at our Sunday morning 8:45 am Meditation Instruction.  If Sundays do not work for you, please send a request to for a personal arrangement for meditation instruction and orientation.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of prior experience in meditation, and no preregistration is required. Although our regular weekly events are free and open to the public, we gratefully invite donations to support our offerings.

Here are descriptions of our weekly-recurring practice offerings in our Online Zendo via ZOOM.

Sunday Mornings
8:45 am:  Meditation Instruction*
9:30 am:  Zen Meditation (zazen)
10:05 am: Break
10:15 am: Dharma Talk and discussion

Sunday mornings begin with meditation instruction at 8:45 am (*) for people without prior Buddhist meditation experience or for those who wish to become familiar with our temple style of practice.

At 9:30 am, we offer a thirty-five minute period of zen meditation (zazen) that is followed by a Dharma talk and discussion at 10:15 am. The 9:30 am Zen meditation and 10:15 am Dharma talk are always open to the public, even when there is a special meditation event.

After the dharma and discussion, there is the option to participate in a brief period of socializing.

* Please note that there will be no meditation instruction on Sundays when we have special sittings. Consult the calendar for details.

Monday Mornings with Douglas Floyd
7:00 am: Zen meditation (zazen)
7:35 am: chanting of Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra and Ecosattva Vows.

Monday Evenings
7:00 pm:  Doors open
7:15 pm: Zen Meditation (zazen)
7:50 pm:  Service
8:05 pm:  Dharma Talk and discussion
9:00 pm:  Informal chat

Monday evenings we sit one thirty-five minute period of zen meditation (zazen) and then conduct a brief service in the Soto Zen style which includes the chanting of traditional Zen texts. A Dharma talk and group discussion are followed by informal chat.

Tuesday Mornings with David Wray
8:00 am: Zen meditation (zazen)
8:35 am: chanting of Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra and Ecosattva Vows.

Tuesday Evenings – Meditation and Recovery Program
7:00 pm:  Doors open
7:15 pm:  Meditation and Recovery Program

Our Meditation and Recovery program occurs every Tuesday, 7:15 – 8:30 pm. This weekly meeting features sitting meditation followed by discussion to support those in recovery from addictive substances and behavior patterns.
For information contact Michael Soter via
Everyone is Welcome, regardless of prior experience in meditation. No pre-registration required and any donation will be accepted.

Wednesday Mornings with Eishin Nancy Easton
7:00 am: Zen Meditation (zazen)
7:35 am: chanting of Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra and Ecosattva Vows.

Wednesday Hyde Park Zen Group @ Rockefeller Chapel
This group meets most Wednesday afternoons* in Rockefeller Chapel in the heart of the University of Chicago campus.

The Hyde Park Zen Group, a collaboration between Ancient Dragon Zen Gate and the University of Chicago’s Spiritual Life Office, normally meets in Rockefeller Chapel on the University campus. They are now meeting online through Zoom at 6:00pm – 7:30 pm on Wednesdays. It is open to all – to access, use this link:

For more information contact Brian Taylor through or
*Please check our calendar regarding meetings as there are occasional cancellations due to the Academic Calendar of the University of Chicago and special events at Rockefeller Chapel.

Thursday Mornings with Hogetsu Laurie Belzer
8:00 am: Zen meditation (zazen)
8:35 am: brief teaching reflection and check-in.

Thursday Evenings –  Beginner’s Mind Zen
7:00 pm:  Doors open
7:15 pm:  Zen Meditation (zazen)
7:55 pm:  Walking Meditation (kinhin)
8:05 pm:  Reading and Discussion

We offer one forty minute period of zen meditation followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation (Kinhin). Reading and discussion of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

Friday Mornings – Meditation in Decolonizing Consciousness, led by Dylan Toropov
8:00 am: Zen meditation (zazen)
8:30 am: sharing of reading from a BIPOC author and/or group discussion on anti-racism.

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