Special Events


Returns to Valley Dragon for two events:


Zen Practices for Difficult Times

Saturday, 7.15.17, 12:00-5:00 pm

Taigen will survey the Ten Bodhisattva Paramitas (perfections/practices) of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition (which includes Zen) – including practices like generosity, patience, energy, skillful means, and commitment – which support us in responding to current social crises. We will begin with a brief period of zazen (zen meditation). There will be tea and refreshments available during the afternoon, with a break around the midway point.

$65 suggested donation for the Saturday event; no one turned away. Kindly RSVP.

Public Talk:

Bodhisattva Values and Social Action

Sunday, 7.16.17, 7:45 pm (after 7pm zazen)

The Mahayana Buddhist archetypal ideal is the Bodhisattva, the tireless servant of truth and happiness for all beings. This includes Zen, which contains many rich lessons about how we can not only support ourselves and loved ones through practice, but also the wider society and the causes we most care about. As MLK said, “Justice is love in action.”

Taigen is also available for dokusan (private interviews) with individual practitioners. Contact Keizan in interested: keizan@valleydragon.org

Taigen Leighton is founder and Senior Dharma Teacher of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago, and a guiding teacher of Valley Dragon Zen Sangha. He is a Dharma heir in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, the founder of San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery outside of Asia. Taigen is the author of many books, including a translation of Dogen’s Eihei Koroku, Faces of Compassion, Zen Questions, and Just This is It: Dongshan and the Teaching of Suchness.




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