Forever The Peaceful Sound, The Shakuhachi Master Ronnie Seldin (Obituary)

Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin (July 3, 1947 – May 30, 2017), Shakuhachi Master.

One of the most important shakuhachi players, educator, and pioneer of the master Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin passed away on May 30th, 2017.

Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin (July 3, 1947 – May 30, 2017) born in Brooklyn, New York, He studied theology at the New School for Social Research, then went to Japan where he studied the shakuhachi, receiving the name Nyogetsu in 1975. By 2001 he received his Grand Master’s license at the level of Kyu-Dan. and was given the name Reishin. (“Heart/Mind of the Bell”) He performed on the soundtrack for A Family Gathering (1989) and also appears on the Grammy Award-nominated “The Planet Sleeps.”

He was of the Tenrikyo faith and lives with his wife Brenda in New York City. His wife is a practicing Chan Buddhist.

He was the founder and director of the Ki-Sui-An Shakuhachi Dojo and teaches shakuhachi regularly in New York City, Philadelphia, Syracuse, and Boston, and leads regular intensive shakuhachi retreats at Zen monasteries in upstate New York.

July 7th, the memorial event was held at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City (Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St, New York, NY 10011), many of his students, friends and family sharing remembrances of the indefatigable proponent of the Japanese Bamboo Flute, Shakuhachi. A bunch of attendees played the elegiac piece “Banshiki” in remembrance. Ms. Ronnie has made a huge difference in the expansion of interest and practice of the Shakuhachi in the West.



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Memorial Event at the Tenri Cultural Insititute, New York, July 9 2017. (Photo from Ronnie Sedin’s Facebook Page)




-TeRra, Online Team- 


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