An unique and transforming opportunity was the meeting with KOKU Nishimura sensei a master of Zen religion and of several Japanese creative arts, such as sculpture, painting gardening, karate and kendo and kyotaku a long sized bamboo flute normally played in temples or accompanying meditations. I learned from him and spent much time near Kumamoto-city where KOKU sensei resides. To this day I remain one of the few non-Japanese players of this very touching and unique instrument. For many kyotaku brings the true sound of silence.After about one year of practice I was initiated into the TANI-ha, the Zen sect of which KOKU sensei is still today the headmaster. This awakening into a spiritual dimension of life made me interested in matters all new to me at the time. Particularly matters related with meditation, health, conscious living and a more loving way of relating to myself, to my body and everybody else.
Koku Nishimura was born in the year 1915. He started playing the bamboo flute when he was 28 years old and he is still playing today. He was taught by a Japanese monk (a “komuso”) named Kyochiku Tani. Later, Koku Nishimura became a master flutist and founded the Tani-sect of flute players. He named the special type of bamboo flute used by himself andhis pupils, “kyotaku”. Koku Nishimura became a komuso and for ten years, and he walked around Japan and played kyotaku. Koku Nishimura teaches students from all over the world, and he has made over 2000 kyotaku flutes.
In addition to being a flute master, Koku Nishimura is an accomplished woodcarver and painter. He has a black belt with six dan in Okinawa karate and a black belt with three dan in Kendo. In addition, he is the Honorary Director of the Ruo-yan Buddism Association in China.
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Osho is a contemporary mystic who devoted his life to the awakening of consciousness.
Born on December 11, 1931 in India. From the earliest age it faces existence as a free spirit, longing to experience the life straightly, intolerant with rules and norms imposed or blindly acquired.
His search for truth reaches the apex at the age of twenty-one, March 21, 1953. That day, Osho lives in his being the highest peak of man-conscious awareness: the enlightenment. Described in the East as "the instant in which the drop merges into the ocean, in the same time when the ocean pours into the drop", it is easier for us to understand it as "the total breakup and fall of the masks with which we commonly identify to survive and through which we live our lives and relationships with others, loosing the ability to make direct contact with the reality of existence. "
Osho explains that this name comes from "Oceanic". This word, coined by the English philosopher William James, was used to indicate the experience of "dissolving in the ocean of existence," common to the various forms of religious experience.
"But Oceanic describes only the experience," he explains. "How to define the one who does that life experience? To define it we use the word OSHO".
So a sound that evokes strong echoes in our being, more than a historical figure. So Osho likes to be remembered by those who draw inspiration from his vision, almost to testify that the search for the truth and the evolution of awareness, transcend the life of the individual, belonging to the existence of the human being as such, over the centuries.