Dharma talk with Taigen Leighton, March 25


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Please join us March 25th for our usual Saturday morning schedule, which will include a dharma talk by  Taigen Leighton, guiding Dharma Teacher at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. The talk will be at 11 a.m. and will follow a period of zazen starting at 10:20 a.m. Meditation instruction will be at 9 a.m.

Bodhisattva Values and Social Action
This dharma talk will offer Dharmic sources for inspiring active societal response and helpfulness, including bodhisattva precepts and transcendent practices, and teachings from traditional Zen masters such as Hongzhi and Dogen. Our zazen practice provides us with many important resources of steadiness, balance, and flexibility to be especially helpful to current social action movements.  

About Taigen Leighton
Taigen Dan Leighton is the guiding Dharma Teacher at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate,  a community of practitioners committed to being a home for Soto Zen Buddhist meditation practice in Chicago. Taigen relocated to Chicago from the S.F. Bay area in 2007. He now works to develop accessible practice and training programs in the Chicago area through Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. Taigen is an author, scholar, and translator, as well as a fully authorized teacher in Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s Soto Zen lineage and a Dharma heir of Tenshin Reb Anderson. He still teaches online through the Institute of Buddhist Studies of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.


Access Notes: There is one short flight of stairs leading to the entrance to the building. Please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. The center is located at the top of a steeper second staircase of around 20 steps. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance; please email in advance if you need access. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at info@brooklynzen.org.