• The shakuhachi is an end-blown Japanese bamboo flute.  The komuso were mendicant Zen Buddhist monks of the Fuke sect who played the shakuhachi as a meditation (suizen).  The komuso are typically portrayed playing in the street, begging before buildings, wearing a basket (tengai) over their heads.

• What to do: Click on the blue song title within the post to download a sound file to your computer which may then be opened in iTunes.

• Or you can subscribe: A RSS feed/podcast is available via iTunes.  Go to iTunes, pull down the Advanced menu, select “Subscribe to Posdcast,” in the box that appears type or copy/paste: <https://keidokyoto.wordpress.com/feed/>.  Click “OK” and you will receive new podcasts automatically.

• Podcasts are also available through the iTunes store: “Kyoto Meditations.”

• The header photograph (above) taken while hiking on Mt. Hiei, Kyoto, looking north towards Kitayama (the city is behind me).

• Individual podcast photographs (unless otherwise noted) by Paul Scrivener are available as wallpaper: Kyoto Gardens CD-ROM (see link below). Beginning with “Meditation #25,” photographs are by Stewart Wachs.

• I hope you enjoy these performances.

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