PechaKucha Presentation

Reviving the Obon Dance Celebration at the Buddhist Church of Santa Barbara


Reverend Henry Tōryō Adams grew up in Buffalo, Minnesota. As an undergraduate student at St. Olaf College, he began his study of Buddhist scriptures and first considered pursuing the path to the ministry. After receiving an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Michigan in 2003, he worked for a few years in Miyazaki, Japan before pursuing his ministerial studies at the Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin Buddhist Seminary in Kyoto. He began serving the Oxnard Buddhist Temple and Buddhist Church of Santa Barbara on April 1, 2010.

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Growing Up Buddhist

@ VOL 6 ON OCT 03, 2012

Jittiporn Chaisaingmongkol shares her experiences as a Buddhist child in Thailand, and her personal relationship with Buddhist teachings. She explains the multiple roles of the Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives in the community, and makes note of several upcoming events at the institute.

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An Introduction to Secular Buddhism

@ VOL 7 ON JAN 23, 2013

Ed Knuth talks about secular buddhism, and attempts to explain exactly what this belief system entails. He looks back to some of the early Buddhist teachings, and notes that the majority of these beliefs do not directly conflict with science, and as technology has progressed, may Buddhist teachers have pushed the faith forward with it. He argues that Buddhism can be seen as a science of the mind or spirit, not too different from psychology in some aspects.

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Why Yes, There is a Santa Claus

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2013

T. Sher Singh tells the true story of Saint Nicholas, the man who inspired the myth of Santa Claus. This story takes him to a small church in Turkey, where a priest became famous for his acts of kindness, eventually becoming the patron saint of sailors.

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An Ode to Santa Barbara

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 25, 2013

Santa Barbara to Stef Miller is a place to treasure and relish in becasue of its natural beatuy, great community, and sense of movement. Listen as she talks about how Santa Barbara has added beauty into her life and why it should be relished by others. 

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The Empty Church: My Year of Belief

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 28, 2014

Self-proclaimed non-believer and cartoonist Dylan Horrocks speaks about a year he spent trying to believe in a higher power. Here he delves into belief and seeing the world through other's windows. 

"Presentation of the Day" on September 17, 2014.

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Pandemonium: The Playful Revolution of Flash Mob Dance

@ VOL 13 ON FEB 25, 2015

Jenna Tico is a storyteller. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, she made her debut on the Summer Solstice stage in 1993: and in addition to twenty years of collaboration with Solstice—most recently, writing the text for Art Fisher’s parade retrospective—has taught and performed with AXIS Dance Company, Hip Brazil, Panzumo, Fishbon Arts Collaborative, La Boheme, UCSB, Lucidity Festival, and many others. Jenna is a founding member of World Dance for Humanity, the launching pad for countless “Thriller” flash mobs and more than $100,000 of charitable donations at home and abroad. Before graduating from Scripps College in 2012, Jenna was introduced to Contact Improvisation under the watchful eye of Jessica Harris; and in the years since, has danced her way from Bali to Rwanda, inspired by the mind-body connection and the powerful healing it incurs. When she’s not teaching dance at Divinitree Yoga or performing in strange public spaces, Jenna can be found writing grants for the arts, and occasionally frightening the students of Santa Barbara High School by teaching their theatre class.

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The Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology

@ VOL 16 ON FEB 10, 2016

Alan Macy is currently the Research and Development Director, past President and a founder of BIOPAC Systems, Inc. He designs data collection and analysis systems, used by researchers in the life sciences, that help identify meaningful interpretations from signals produced by life processes. Trained in electrical engineering and physiology, with over 30 years of product development experience, he is currently focusing on psychophysiology, emotional and motivational state measurements, magnetic resonance imaging and augmented/virtual reality implementations. He presents in the areas of human-computer interfaces, electrophysiology, and telecommunications. His recent research and artistic efforts explore ideas of human nervous system extension and the associated impacts upon perception. As an applied science artist, he specializes in the creation of cybernated art, interactive sculpture and environments.

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Polishing the Mirror

@ VOL 4 ON APR 15, 2016

Erin McGuirk shares the incorporation of the Buddhism into her life journey and the eightfold factors of the Buddhist path.

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Mnemosyne & Sleep Temples of Ancient Greece


Writer and host of The Explorers Club - a small lecture salon in St. Leonards on Sea, Sarah Janes talks about her interests in dreaming, the occult and spiritual sciences. An intelligent and humorous look at Mnemosyne - the personification of memory in Greek mythology, and her influence.