Licenses

MEDITATION FOUNDATION

Before obtaining the following certificates, it is encouraged that the student successfully completes at least one retreat that teaches a form of meditation/spiritual practice (at least 10 days in length). This may be completed any time in the space of one’s studies. Suggested meditation traditions:

– Zen (Japanese style)
– Chan (Chinese Zen)
– Son (Korean Zen)
– Vajrayana (Tibetan Buddhist meditation)
– Vipassana (Theravada)

LICENSES for Teaching and Performing

The teaching license is called “jun shihan” (associate master). The student usually receives a “geimei” shakuhachi name at the completion of this stage. The performing license is called “shihan” (master). All of the pieces in the “certificate of completion” list of required pieces must be successfully completed before applying for the teaching license. The teaching license must be obtained before applying for the performing license. Details about obtaining the jun shihan and shihan licenses will be discussed with Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos at the time of the testing.

Costs:

Shoden $100
Chuden $150
Okuden $200
Kaiden $300
Betsuden $250
Junshihan (required for Shihan) $1000
Shihan $2000

CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION

There are five levels of “Certificates of Completion”:

Shoden ‹ Beginner Transmission

Honshirabe

Kyorei

Edo no Komoriuta
Itsuki no Komoriuta
Rokudan no Shirabe

Perform at one festival in a group and/or duet and solo

Chuden ‹ Intermediate Transmission

Tamuke
Daha
Chidori no Kyoku
Tsukigusa no Yume
Yugure no Gensou Kyoku
San Ya (Three Valleys)
Koku
Azuma Jishi
Kumoi Jishi
Hi Fu Mi Hachigaeshi

Perform at one festival in a group and/or solo

Okuden ‹ Inner Transmission

Sokkan
San Ya (Mountain Valley)
Shika no Tone
Koden Sugomori
Nezasa Shirabe
Sagari-ha
Takiotoshi

Perform at one festival in a group and/or solo

Kaiden ‹ Entire Transmission

Shingetsu (Yamato Choshi)

Tsuru no Sugomori
Shoganken Reibo
Yamagoe (Saji)
San-an (Oshu Saji)
Reibo
Ukigumo

Betsuden ‹ Special Transmission

Mukaiji
Betsuden Shika no Tone

Kudan Tsuru no Sugomori

Shinkyorei
Shinya
Jyakunen

Accompany me  to Japan on a Shakuhachi Roots Pilgrimage at least one time.

Obtaining the certificates is not essential in order to receive the teaching and performing licenses, but in most cases, the completion of all of the pieces on the list is required.