November 30th, 2012
The SZBA Conference took place at the beginning of October at Great Vow Zen Monastery. It was the largest conference we have had so far with 91 participants. There were 68 full members and 23 associate members. It was a great gathering of Soto Zen teachers and priests!
The keynote speakers both offered great talks. Dale Wright spoke on the strengths and weaknesses of Zen as well as challenges for the future. An mp3 of his talk can be accessed by clicking this link.
Duncan Ryuken Williams spoke on the hybridity of “Japanamerican” Zen and in particular, related some deeply moving stories from his research for his forthcoming book, Camp Dharma: Buddhism and the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II. An mp3 of his talk can be accessed by clicking this link.
Both talks are highly recommended!