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Have you always wanted to play the Japanese Bamboo Flute?
There is still space in this Introductory Shakuhachi Workshop following our annual (Free) Shakuhachi Recital!
Introductory Lesson on Shakuhachi Flute
With Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin
Philadelphia Meditation Center (PMC)
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Free (Dana accepted)Ė Program Price
Date and Time Details: Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 5:00PM-6:00PM....Solo Shakuhachi Concert
Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 6:00PM-7:00PM...Introductory Shakuhachi Lesson
Zazen, or seated meditation, is a familiar term to even very new practitioners. Students of the dharma may not be as familiar with Sui-Zen, or blowing meditation. Sui-zen practice involves playing the Shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute used by monks in Zen Buddhism.
This ancient practice is currently being taught by Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin, a Grand Master of two Shakuhachi lineages. In addition to Nygetsu performing different types of Shakuhachi compositions, we will begin to explore the Shakuhachi and the musical notation used in playing it. We will focus on the oldest and most meditative of all of the Sui-zen repertoire, Kyorei. These pieces were composed and played in meditation to achieve stillness of mind, connection with nature, and for the higher purpose of achieving enlightenment for all sentient beings.
Beginners welcome! No prior experience is necessary. Shakuhachi flutes will be provided for use during the Introductory Lesson.
Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin
Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin studied Shakuhachi in Kyoto, Japan, with Kurahashi Yodo Sensei, who was a disciple of Jin Nyodo. In 1975, he received the name Nyogetsu. In 1980, he received his Dai-Shihan, or Grand Masterís license. In April 2001, Nyogetsu received a Koku-An Dai-Shihan (Grand Masterís license at the level of Kyu-Dan, or 9th level) from Japanís Living National Treasure in shakuhachi, Aoki Reibo. He was also given the name Reishin (Heart/Mind of the Bell) to go along with it. Nyogetsu is the first non-Japanese to receive this high award.
Nyogetsu has recorded a number of CDs and has lead Shakuhachi Dojos in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. for over 30 years and has released several recordings of shakuhachi music. He is the founder of Ki-sui- an shakuhachi dojo with branches in Manhattan, Rochester/Syracuse, Ithaca, Philadelphia, and Baltimore/Washington D.C.
In addition to teaching privately, Mr. Seldin is also part of the Japanese Music Program at the graduate Center of the City University of New York where he gives lectures on and demonstrations of the shakuhachi. He is also on faculty at New York University. His shakuhachi school, KiSuiAn Shakuhachi Dojo, has been the largest and most active in the World outside of Japan for the past three decades.