Barry Daido Houun Weiss first heard the sound of the shakuhachi before boarding a Brooklyn subway (on his way to work). Well, he never made it to work. Instead, he went to a concert of shakuhachi in Manhattan and has been following the “Path of Bamboo” ever since.|
In early 1974, he became the first student (deshi) of Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin. In 1980, he was lucky enough to study with Nyogetsu’s teacher, the late Kurahashi Yodo of Kyoto (a student of Jin Nyodo) and received his teaching license (Jun shi han) at that time.
In 1981, Barry received his Shi han license.
In 1988, Barry met Takashi Tokuyama and for 15 years had been focused on bringing his simple way to the shakuhachi world.
Barry is presently living at a Zen temple in Japan and continues to focus on both his Zen practice and shakuhachi. He is now an ordained zen monk, his teacher is the venerable Harada Tangen Roshi from Bukkokuji Temple in Obama City, Fukui, it is a soto-shu (Dogen) temple. Currently Barry works with Takahashi Suiko, a komuso from Ichikawa City, they have been active in helping to rebuild Ichigetsuji-do, now located at Manmanji Temple in Matsudo City, Japan.