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This piece comes from the Itcho-ken Temple in Hakata on the island of Kyushu, where it was often used on ceremonial occasions, especially funerals. Banshiki is often performed for the safe passage of a soul into its next incarnation. It can also be thought of as relevant to the journey from life's attachments and freedoms to transcendent enlightenment and freedom from worldly concerns. It is said to provide a reminder that satori comes when one does away with one's feelings. A very Buddhist honkyoku, it is concerned with the subject of death. More importantly, with the soul's journey from this life, full of attachments and feelings, toward the peace of satori, enlightenment, which lies beyond. The word"shiki" in the title means to "pass or cross over."

(description excerpted from komuso.com)

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from Mountain Hermit's Secret Wisdom, released December 21, 2013
Cornelius 深禅 Boots, 2.9 Taimu shakuhachi

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Cornelius Boots (Shinzen 深禅 Shakuhachi) San Francisco, California

Zen Shakuhachi & Taimu: music ancient and new, big breathing bamboo. Creative ethnoclassical. Soul-based, breath-powered, no- limit, living, evolving art extending from the depths of contemplative Zen Taoist practice.

Cornelius Boots, classical-jazz-rock-blues-experimental woodwind virtuoso and composer, shihan (master) in the lineage of Watazumido. His shakuhachi name is
深禅 (Shinzen) deep Zen.
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