Realizations & Conclusions
Preliminarily, as of late March, 2017 ... :
The most important - some might think: controversial, heretic, provocative, maybe even somewhat insulting? - findings and conclusions at the present time of writing are the following:
• There existed nothing like an "established Zen shakuhachi tradition" during the Japanese Middle Ages, the Muromachi Period, nor before then.
• There were no so called komusō,
虚無僧, in action earlier than the 1640s, at the earliest.
• The earliest possibly reliable written evidence of anything like a "Fuke Sect",
is dated 1687 - produced by the Edo twin temples Ichigetsu-ji,
• The oldest convincingly dated existing pictorial representation of a typical long and heavy root-end bamboo flute of the komusō is dated 1690.
• The earliest written mention of the term honkyoku,
is dated 1694 - in the oldest reliable Kyōto Myōan Temple document, that we know of.
• The earliest reference to actual honkyoku music titles is dated as "late" as 1732.
• The term sui-zen,
was not known and used in Japan before c. 1890.
• The terms zen shakuhachi,
and shakuhachi zen,
were not "invented" and spread in the world before the 1970s, at the earliest, possibly.
Overall conclusion that has manifested itself
as a result of the present research project
The history and characteristics of socalled "Buddhist Shakuhachi Practices in Japan" have been seriously falsified from the very beginning.
This process of deliberate source forgery, myth creation, deliberate misinterpretation and censorship is taking place still, this very day - generated by "professionals" and "amateurs" alike,
inside as well as outside of Japan, be they both performers, historians and fans!
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