Introduction - Researching the Secrets
of "Zen Shakuhachi" & "Shakuhachi Zen" ...
Who were the komusō', 虚無僧,
the "Monks of Non-Duality(*) & No-one-ness"
and their predecessors, the komosō',
薦僧, the "Mat Monks"?
The fantastic, fairytale-like flute with the forged faith and the fundamentally falsified philosophy ... ?
What do the many surviving written Japanese source documents and plentiful pictorial evidence actually clarify to us
about early "Fuke Shakuhachi" and "Zen Shakuhachi" history and ideology - in particular?
That is what these "Zen Shakuhachi Truth Research Web Pages" are all about.
Please enjoy ☺ All the best
Torsten 無穴笛 Olafsson - Elsinore, Denmark - 2016
Recent Collaborations ☺
Mr. Ronald Nelson of the International Shakuhachi Society (ISS) has supplied to me both scannings of essential Japanese texts and, not least, most valuable photos
taken by him in the "Komusō Room" of the Matsudo City Museum in NW Chiba, Japan, in the Summer of 2014.
Please do visit the outstanding art photographer's no less than breathtakingly amazing picture website and appreciate his many fantastic photos
from the trips of his in Japan that year:
Ronald Nelson photo website
Also, Mr. Kishi Kiyokazu, 貴志清一, Japan, has contributed prominently
with till now two very important historical Fuke Shakuhachi texts/documents generously made readable here in modern Japanese,
transcribed from the Kanbun and classical Japanese originals, respectively.
You may visit Mr. Kishi's comprehensive Japanese website via this link:
Link to 尺八吹奏研究会HP
- The Shakuhachi Performance Research Society HomePage edited by Kishi Kiyokazu
Links to recent 2016 updates on the home page can be found page bottom on this newly updated web page:
Link to The 1678 Komusō-ha Oboe webpage