FDSTL Holds 70th Annual Conference

The Federation of Dharma School Teachers’ League held its 70th Annual Conference online on April 24.

With the continuing COVID pandemic, it was held for the second year as a totally online event, hosted by the Southern District Dharma School Teachers’ League.

The conference program, with the theme of “Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Dharma School,” was originally planned for an in-person conference until the COVID pandemic forced a drastic change in plans and the program was shifted to an online format.

Pieper Toyama, the founding headmaster of the Pacific Buddhist Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii, was the keynote speaker.

He spoke about “Nembutsu moments” as an underlying goal of the Dharma School program from his experiences at PBA. This was followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Rev. Jon Turner, Resident Minister at the Orange County Buddhist Church, and BCA President-Elect Terri Omori and breakout workshops discussing applications of the topics presented in the keynote address and lesson sharing among the attendees.