A sound to attain Enlightenment
Shakuhachi, a Japanese wind instrument made from a simple piece of bamboo and constituted of 5 holes, was a long time considered by Zen Buddhist monks of the sect Fuke (普化宗尺八) as an instrument of meditation. They did not use it as a musical instrument but as an instrument of the law enabling to reach Enlightenment. Suizen (吹禅) represents the blowing Zen, the meditation through the interpretation of the traditional Zen pieces.
In Europe, this wonderful instrument was introduced by the Great Master Takahashi Kûzan who, at his first travel in Europe in 1961 – as a representative of the academy of music of Japan – made known this unique contemplative music in the world.
This page is an introduction to the history of Fuke Shakuhachi. I hope that it will allow the traveller stopping there to have a better knowledge of this great and still ignored art of Japan, what is the Shakuhachi, and to approach the teaching of the Fuke-shû Shakuhachi.
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Japanese names of the various persons introduced on this site are notified as follows; name precede first name as it is of use in Japan.
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