July 4, 2010
“With whom can I discuss this philosophy?
I’ll be silent, since so few can follow my tune”
—Ch’i-chi (864-937), translated by Burton Watson, The Clouds Should Know Me by Now: Buddhist Poet Monks of China.
“Nagara no Haru” is a rehearsal recording featuring Kurahashi Ayako-sensei on shamisen and vocals.
“Azuma no Kyoku” is a traditional honkyoku piece in the gikyoku style which accentuates a steady rhythmic structure (reminiscent of Chinese music).
This is the final posting of “Kyoto Meditations.” I would like to thank everyone who offered comments during the past year. It has been gratifying to know that these recordings reached so many listeners in all parts of the world.
June 27, 2010
Dharma: What is the cause of the world?
Dharma: What is your opposite?
Dharma: What is madness?
Yudhisthira: A forgotten way.
Dharma: And revolt … why do men revolt?
Yudhisthira: To find beauty … either in life or in death.
Dharma: And what for each of us is inevitable?
From The Mahabharata, adapted and written by Jean-Claude Carrière, film adaptation by Peter Brook, 1990.
A shakuhachi improvisation. Meditation #32
June 20, 2010
“Everything that is authentic is sacred”—Antonin Artaud, The Theater and Its Double.
June 13, 2010
“Think? How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?”—Yogi Berra.
A shakuhachi improvisation. Meditation #31
June 6, 2010
May 30, 2010
“Suzuki Roshi said, ‘If I die, it’s all right. If I should live, it’s all right. Sun-face Buddha, Moon-face Buddha.’ Why do I always fall for that old line?”—Philip Whalen, “Walking beside the Kamogawa, Remembering Nasen and Fudo and Gary’s Poem.”
A piece in the nezasaha tradition.
May 23, 2010
May 16, 2010
“When they [classical musicians] think of improvisation they think of connecting one written thing to another written thing. When I think of improvisation I think of going from zero to zero or to wherever it goes but I’m not connecting one thing to another . . .”—Keith Jarrett, The Art of Improvisation.
A shakuhachi improvisation. Meditation #28
May 9, 2010
“Like bamboo shadows on the steps, they can’t be swept away. Like the moon moving across the water, it doesn’t leave a trace”—Pao-t’ung, qtd. in The Heart Sutra, translated and commentary by Red Pine.
The nezasaha school from Japan’s northern Tohoku region emphasizes a pulsating breathing technique.