Monthly Archives: September 2015

2014 Conference Report and Resources

September 5th, 2015

Live Blog of the Conference
Photos & Video
Resources (Audio/Video/Etc.)

From Wednesday evening, October 1st, through Saturday evening, October 4th, 101 SZBA members gathered at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon, for the 6th biannual SZBA conference. In attendance were 72 full members and 29 associate members, and the schedule was full! SZBA 2014 Conference Schedule 2014 Conference Schedule

Live Blog of the Conference

One of our members, James Ford, did us the favor of live-blogging throughout the conference, so for a personal account of the conference, click here to read his blog (make sure to click the arrows at the top or bottom to read about subsequent days). Note that this is a personal blog, not an “official” SZBA report.

Photos & Video

Many photos were taken as well. Click here to access the photos so generously taken and shared by Hoko Karnegis and Shinsen Troy Couillard. (Please email if you don’t know the member login information.)

Hoko Karnegis also made a lovely slideshow of her photos, including music, that you can view below.

Conference Resources

Click here to access the audio files from the conference (please email Domyo at if you don’t know the login information), including:

  • Dr. Paula Arai’s Keynote Address on Zen Healing Rituals
  • Dr. Paula Arai’s presentation and workshop on Brainstorming Rituals
  • The first of the large group sessions on Membership Standards, facilitated by Hozan Senauke
  • The six “TED-style” talks on “The Continuation of Soto Zen Sanghas through the Generations”
  • The breakout session led by Taigen Leighton and Shodo Spring on Positive Responses to Climate Change

The same link works for all of the audio, they reside in the SZBA Dropbox.