Kyoto Journal Issue 12


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Royall Tyler on the Japanese Love of Nature
Blowing Shakuhachi
Daijosai and Shikinen Sengu Shinto Rituals
Steve Van Matre on Living More Lightly on Earth
The Buddhist Perception of Nature Project

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The music I play is called honkyoku. That means “original music.” It is the music that comes out of the Fuke legend and the Kinko tradition. When I blow shakuhachi, I blow with ritual and with posture. And I bow because it puts me in the proper relationship to that tradition and the spirit of that music. There is something more than tradition, culture and rituals passed down over a long period of time that is going to help us out in the end. My particular interest is in the stuff that underlies or cuts through culture, that connects us all as a species, as human beings.
—Monty Levinson, Blowing Shakuhachi

“If you think you would like to become a Zen master, the minimum time for a Japanese man would be at least 10 years. And after you leave the monastery, you have a training in which you become a resident priest of a small temple, and this too is a process that will take at least 10 years. It’s aimed at furthering your enlightenment process after you leave the monastery. For a Japanese monk, therefore, the minimum amount of time needed to become a Zen master would be 20 years. For an American monk, it would take at least 25 to 30 years. It is a long path.”
— Fukushima-Roshi, quoted by Pico Iyer, Be a Fool


Daijosai and Shikinen Sengu: first fruits twice tasted – Gunter Nitschke
Scheming toward saltation: prophetic politics & the race for the mind of Japan – W. David Kubiak
Fritjof Capra: on the new paradigm – Kathy Arlyn Sokol
Francis Moore Lappé: saving a small planet – Kathy Arlyn Sokol
Steve Van Matre: toward living more lightly on the earth – Wladislav Dee
Hazel Henderson: ‘Solar Politics’ and the 24-hour global casino – Wladislav Dee
Sen-no-Rikyu Hits the Ceiling – Robert Brandy
Blowing Shakuhachi – New Settler Interview
The Dance of the Dust on the Rafters – Yasuhiko Moriguchi and David Jenkins
“Be a fool!” – Pico Iyer
On The Japanese love of nature – Royall Tyler
The Buddhist Perception of Nature Project – Nancy Nash
Drawing a picture – Shuntaro Tanikawa, trans. Harold Wright

Cover Image from Ryojin-hisho
published October 15th, 1989


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