This site is a memorial for Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin.

Playing the shakuhachi, an end-blown bamboo flute, is one of the recognized paths of Zen meditation called suizen. Zen means meditation and suizen means blowing meditation. The shakuhachi is the only melodic instrument used in Zen Buddhism.

With only five holes, the shakuhachi can play up to 83 different notes and create an array of sounds unrivaled by any other acoustic instrument.

The repertoire of Zen meditation music is called honkyoku. Until the early 19th century, the pieces in this repertoire were composed by mendicant Zen monks of the Fuke sect, called komusō, for use in meditation.

Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin taught shakuhachi in the United States between 1975 and 2017 in the traditional Japanese manner. He held two grand master titles in shakuhachi: the first given by his teacher, Kurahashi Yodo Sensei, a disciple of Jin Nyodo, who was one of the greatest teachers and archivists of honkyoku pieces. The second grand master title was given by Aoki Reibo, one of Japan's Living National Treasures.


Zen meditation pieces date back to the 12th century; the oldest piece known as Kyorei. They were composed and played in meditation to achieve stillness of mind, connection with nature, and for the higher purpose of achieving enlightenment for all sentient beings.

If you find the perfect sound, you can create and spread beauty, serenity, and enlightenment. Every time you play the shakuhachi, you are helping to engender world peace.