Speaker: Brian Conroy

Art of Storytelling

Brian Conroy is a gifted storyteller who comes alive when he sees people of diverse faiths, races, and backgrounds working together. Founder of the Buddhist Storytelling Circle, a group of storytellers from the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery who perform at interfaith gatherings, he first encountered Venerable Master Hsuan Hua in 1976 and took refuge with the Master in 1994. Bringing together his passion for storytelling with the wisdom of Buddhism, he writes traditional and contemporary Buddhist tales.

As a storyteller, Conroy has performed at festivals and conferences including the National Storytelling Festival, The Parliament for the World’s Religions, The Buddhist Storytelling Festival, and at DRBA monasteries. A life-time educator, Conroy taught theater and public speaking in the public schools in San Jose, California for thirty-five years. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Folklore from San Jose State University, where he also taught storytelling for ten years. He is the author of Stepping Stones, a collection of Buddhist parables, and Prince Dighavu, an adaptation of a traditional wisdom tale. His stories, e.g. “Captain Enlightenment!,” bring together wisdom and humor that speak to audiences of all ages.

Through his teaching (part 1 of 4), his stories, his storytelling tips, and his life, Conroy exemplifies the message he would share with the world: Live your values.

Join us in conversation with this gifted storyteller!


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