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"...(Kodo) Sawaki, often referred to as "Homeless Kudos" because
of his lifestyle, was possibly the biggest advocate of zazen in the last century.
Sodo Yokoyama was a student of his and a modern day Ryokan who spent his
days in a public park sitting zazen, writing poems and playing music on leaves..."
I once saw a photo of Sawaki playing a leaf between his thumbs. It brought back the memory of the leaf kazoo back in grade school. Fascinating, the desire to exhale a sound and sometimes ornament it. Ascetically, was Sawaki accentuating "the self" by blowing the leaf?
Nice little article and book reference. Thanks, Harry
And of course leaf meaning, blade of grass. Thanks-
There was a technique for playing dance music melody here in Ireland using just an ivy leaf, its remembered in a tune title ("The Ivy Leaf"... funnily enough), but I've never seen it done.
I bet Brian can play leaves and blades of grass. lol.