September 25th, 2010
The Dharma Heritage Ceremony was developed in the course of preparing for the first National Conference of the SZBA in 2004 at Great Vow Zen Monastery. It is a ritual of affirmation by one’s peers and a welcoming into the circle of Soto Zen leaders in the West. The Dharma Heritage Ceremony was designed, and is performed, collaboratively. The ceremony is structured by a group of “seniors” who welcome the “candidates.” For the first Dharma Heritage Ceremony, the seniors were those who had performed zuisse or haito. For subsequent ceremonies, seniors are those who had previously participated in the Dharma Heritage Ceremony. The first ceremony included 12 seniors and over 30 candidates, the second included around 40 seniors and 9 candidates, and the third included over 40 seniors and 13 candidates.
September 21st, 2010
The SZBA will be holding its Fourth National Conference October 6-10, 2010, at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon. The conference will offer participants a chance to connect and develop relationships with fellow Soto Zen teachers and priests of North America and help to build a foundation of mutual respect and trust to support and benefit each other in opening the Buddha Way to all beings. The conference is a chance to develop ties across lineages and nurture a collective sense of Soto Zen in North America.