Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin is the head of the largest and most active Shakuhachi Dojo (Ki Sui An Shakuhachi Dojo) in the world outside of Japan. Nyogetsu has been teaching Shakuhachi full time since 1975.

Study methods

There are many different options for studying at the Ki Sui An Shakuhachi Dojo.
Online Mp3, Skype Video or Cassette Lessons:
Nyogetsu started teaching via cassette in 1976, and it has proven quite successful for those Shakuhachi students who live far from New York City. At present he teaches students by cassette or computer in 6 countries and 27 states. For more information on this method please contact Nyogetsu.
Weekly Lessons:
Although this is the best way to study the Shakuhachi, it is not an alternative which is available to everybody. This is the method of instruction used in the New York City Dojo and Up State New York.
Monthly Lessons:
This method of teaching is available in the Philadelphia, Baltimore, Rochester, Ithaca and Syracuse Dojos. If there are enough students that are interested, this type of teaching format can be begun anywhere else.
There are many Intensives held every year at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, Zen Mountain Monastery, and Fire-Lotus Zendo, all located in New York State. There are additional intensives in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Rochester, and Mexico. In addition, either one-day or weekend intensives can be arranged anywhere if there is sufficient interest.
Pay for Lessons:
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More Info:
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After completing the repertoire: Kinko-Ryu Honkyoku and Gaikyoku, Neza-Sa-Ha Ryu Honkyoku and Meian-style Honkyoku, going through the levels of Shoden (Beginner), Chuden (Intermediate), and Okuden (Advanced), the student achieves the level of Kaiden (ability to play the repertoire).

After an accelerated "teaching-level" course, the student can receive his Gemei (professional name), and a teaching license at the level of Jun-Shihan. Higher levels can also be achieved: Shihan (Master), and Dai-Shihan (Grand-Master). To date, the licenses and names given out by Nyogetsu are in chronological order (1980 to present):