Sesshin with Sasaki Roshi

December 24, 2008

At 101 years of age, Joshu Sasaki Roshi is still teaching his unique brand of Zen. Michael Haederle offers us a rare look at this enigmatic master.

“You may hear bursts of gunfire or explosions during this sesshin,” the sign read. That gave me pause. Formal Rinzai Zen practice with Joshu Roshi was always intense, but gunplay had never before been part of the equation. As I read on, I realized that a movie was being shot in the neighborhood. It figured. Here in LA, reality and illusion mingle effortlessly.

[Kazumi sent in a PDF of this Shambala Sun article about his teacher. The author had sent it to Kaz. You can click on the link to read the article, and you can come back here to download the PDF version when we have permission to post it. Leave a comment below if you’d like an advance copy. Your comment will be deleted when your copy is on its way.]

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