Branching Streams Conference

From September 6th through 9th, Mako Voelkel and Bruce Smith represented AZC at the biannual conference of the Branching Streams Affiliate Network, held this year in Chicago. Branching Streams comprises 75 sanghas in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, 21 of which sent a total of 42 people to this gathering, hosted by Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. Within themes of Responsible Power and Compassionate Action, participants enjoyed a variety of presentations and small-group discussions, in addition to sitting zazen twice a day, sharing meals, and exploring a bit of Chicago. Overall, the Branching Streams conference provided excellent opportunities to build connections with like-minded practitioners and tap into the collective wisdom of sangha on a larger scale. For more information on Branching Streams, see