With 5 CDs
In this book master teacher Ronnie Seldin examines Sui Zen ("Blowing Zen"), the use of the shakuhachi for meditation in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Its six chapters, each with a different theme, are based on a series of lectures on Sui Zen in the Jin Nyodo lineage given by Ronnie Seldin in 1989. This edition is accompanied by five CDs of shakuhachi honkyoku music performed by the author.
1. General Introduction to Shakuhachi and Sui Zen
2. The Way of the Komuso
3. The Meian Style of Honkyoku
4. The Kinko School of Honkyoku
5. The Neza-Sa-Ha Style of Honkyoku
6. Other Shakuhachi Music: Gaikyoku, Shinkyoku, Minyo & Neo-Honkyoku
Recorded music includes
Disk 1: Jimbo Sanya, Futaiken Sanya, Echigo Sanya, Daiwagaku, Futaiken Reibo, Shoganken Reibo, Murasaki Reibo, Choshi
Disk 2: Sashi, Ifu Sashi, Koku, Mukaiji, Kyorei, Sogei No Kyoku, Kyo Choshi, Yori Dake/Uki Daki
Disk 3: Ajikan, Banji, Banshiki, Darani, Takiiochi, Kmuoi Jishi, Sanya Sugagaki, HiFuMi Hachikaeshi
Disk 4: Yugure No Kyoku, Akita Sugagaki, Shika No Tone, Azuma No Kyoku, Shirabe, Sagariha, Matsukaze, Shishi No Kyoku, Tore/Kadotsuke/Hachikaeshi, Sanya Seiran
Disk 5: Neza-Sa-Ha No Koku, Nagashi Reibo, Esshi Oiwake, Miyama Higurashi, Haru No Umi, Sokaku Reibo, Tsuru No Sugomori, Mujushin Kyoku, Jyaku Shin, Makoto Shin Jitsu, Omae
141 pages. 5 CDs. The boxed set includes Japanese incense. BK-14
Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin studied shakuhachi in Kyoto, Japan with Kurahashi Yodo Sensei, who was a disciple of Jin Nyodo. There, in 1975, he received the name Nyogetsu and a teaching certificate at the level of Jun Shi-han in the Kinko school of shakuhachi. After his return to New York, Nyogetsu was awarded the rank of Shi-han (Master) in 1978, as a result of his efforts to spread the teaching of this instrument in America. In 1980, he received his Dai Shi-han, or Grand Master's license. In 2001 he received Koku-An Dai-Shihan (Grand Master's license at the level of Kyu-Dan, or 9th level) from Japan's Living National Treasure in shakuhachi, Aoki Reibo. Ronnie was also given the name Reishin (Heart/Mind of the Bell) at that time. He has performed on the soundtracks of several documentary films including the Academy Award nominated documentary "A Family Gathering" (1989) for which he also co-composed the sound track. Nyogetsu's playing also appears on the GRAMMY-nominated "The Planet Sleeps" (SONY).
Barbara Lee Kroos has studied shakuhachi with Ronnie Seldin since 1987. She is a clinical psychologist, author and teacher.
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