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Honkyoku 本曲,
traditional Buddhist pieces from different temples in Japan.

This song was transmitted from Ichigetsuji, a temple in the Kanto region of Japan. Ekoh's meaning may be found in Buddhist precepts such as kusho, tamuke, fuse, and kishi. All of these ideas pertain to offering prayers or chanting sutras for the benefit of souls who have passed from this world (shujo ekoh) as well as for one's own personal benefit (bodai ekoh). One should play this piece with an appropriate attitude and purity of intention.

(description excerpted from Chikuzen Shakuhachi Series Sheet Music, written by Michael Chikuzen Gould)


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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