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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)


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

The shakuhachi & Taimu explorations of Cornelius Boots: heavy chamber music composer, Zen flute preacher, master of reality, breath wizard and retired rock bass clarinet virtuoso. Founder of the bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles. The first student of Grandmaster Michael Chikuzen Gould to have earned a Shihan (master teaching license): his shakuhachi name 深禅 "Shinzen" means depth Zen or deep Zen. ... more

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