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A Cross-Zen Dialogue
with 3 teachers from: Chan, Rinzai Zen & Soto Zen

June 28, 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 9:40 pm CDT

cross-zen dialogue
Join us for an exciting special event that Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group is co-organizing, where we have invited three prominent teachers from different Chan/Zen traditions to share their lineages’ teachings, and to have a dialogue with each other and with you!

Friday June 28, 2019
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

Panelists: (in alphabetical order of Dharma names)
Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu)   
Teacher, Dharma Drum Mountain Tallahassee Florida (Chinese Chan)
Meido Moore Roshi      
Abbot, Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery, Reedsburg, WI (Japanese Rinzai Zen)
Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton
Guiding Dharma Teacher, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago, IL (Japanese Soto Zen)

Free Admission. Registration Requested.
As occupancy is limited, please make sure to register on Eventbrite to secure your spot.

Donate: We offer this event at no-cost so that financial burdens would not prevent anyone from attending. However, your generous donation will be really helpful and much appreciated to help cover the event’s costs (estimated $800 to $1,000). There are 3 ways to donate:

  1. using the “Donation” box when registering on Eventbrite
  2. using the donation form on this page to the right, and specify that the donation is for this Special Event.
  3. contact us for other ways to donate:

This event 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.

Volunteer: Please email us at if you are interested in helping out with the planning, marketing and/or running of the event – we welcome your participation.


Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group
Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association Chicago Chapter


Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago
37 N Carpenter
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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