A Cross-Zen Dialogue

June 28th

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    Room: West Loop Shambhala Center, 37 N. Carpenter St.

    Note: This event is organized by Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group and Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association - Chicago Chapter. The registration link will take you to Eventbrite.com. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EVENT IS AT CAPACITY. YOU CAN USE THE Eventbrite link TO GET ON THE WAITLIST.

    This event at Shambhala Chicago will help us learn more about the practice of each lineage, the similarities and differences between the three traditions, and discuss Chan/Zen Buddhism’s development and their future in America. We invite you to come and bring your questions for the teachers! And, this event aims to bring members of the different sanghas together so that we may cultivate Dharma friendships with each other, and hopefully even catalyze more future cross-sangha collaborations.



    6:45 PM to 7:15 PM: Check-in & Mingle, Light Vegan Snacks
    7:15 PM to 9:15 PM: Cross-Zen Dialogue
    9:15 PM to ~9:40 PM: More Mingling and Individual Q&A’s


    While registration is not mandatory, we do have a limited occupancy. Therefore, please do register to ensure that you have a spot!



    photo of chan buddhist teacher guo guGuo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu) Teacher, Dharma Drum Mountain Tallahassee Florida (Chinese Chan)

    In 1980, Guo Gu began learning meditation from Master Sheng Yen (1931 – 2009), a Chinese Chan master and founder of Dharma Drum Mountain. In 1991, Guo Gu was ordained as a monk and became Master Sheng Yen’s first personal attendant, assisting in leading activities in New York, Taiwan, other parts of Asia, and Europe. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Princeton University and began teaching Buddhism and East Asian religions academically as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. In 2009, he founded Dharma Drum Mountain Tallahassee Florida (aka the Tallahassee Chan Center), and serves as the teacher there.


    photo of rinzai zen abbot meido moore roshiMeido Moore Roshi  Abbot, Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery, Reedsburg, WI (Japanese Rinzai Zen)

    Meido studied under three Rinzai Zen masters, all in the lineage of Omori Sogen Roshi, a famous 20th Century Rinzai Zen Master who was also renowned as a master of calligraphy and swordsmanship. In 2008 Meido Roshi received inka shomei (“mind seal”), designating him an 86th-generation Zen dharma heir and a 48th-generation holder of the lineage descended from Rinzai Gigen. He has completed the koan practice of his line and is empowered to transmit the full range of Rinzai Zen practice methods. Korinji, a monastic residence in the Rinzai Zen Buddhist tradition and located in Wisconsin, began operations in 2018. Meido serves as the first abbot of this monastery.


    photo of soto zen teacher rev. taigen dan leightonRev. Taigen Dan Leighton  Guiding Dharma Teacher, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago, IL (Japanese Soto Zen)

    Taigen is a Soto Zen priest and Dharma successor in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Taigen first studied Buddhist art and culture in Japan in 1970, and began formal zazen and Soto practice in 1975 at the New York Zen Center with Kando Nakajima Roshi. In 1979, he began working full-time for the San Francisco Zen Center, and was ordained in 1986 by Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi. Taigen practiced and resided for years at San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara monastery, and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. He also practiced for two years in Kyoto, Japan, 1990-92, translating Dogen with Rev. Shohaku Okumura, and practicing with several Japanese Soto Zen teachers, including one monastic practice period. Taigen received Dharma Transmission in 2000 from Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi, and is an authorized Kokusaifukyoshi (Official Foreign Representative) as well as a recognized teacher in the Japanese Soto school. Since 2007, Taigen has served as the Guiding Dharma Teacher for Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago, working to develop accessible practice and training programs in the Chicago area. He has also long been active in various Engaged Buddhist programs for social justice, peace, and environmental activism.


    Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-cross-zen-dialogue-with-3-teachers-from-chan-rinzai-zen-soto-zen-tickets-59360898044