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工藤 煉山​


Lenzan Kudo completed his studies at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of Arts. While in university, he was selected as a representative to perform in front of the Imperial Family at Tokagakudo Imperial Palace concert hall in Tokyo. After graduation, he went to the U.K. He mainly performed in Europe, with appearances at the Japan Festival 2001 in the U.K. and on the BBC and performing with orchestras. After returning to Japan, he has performed across Japan and other Asian countries. He also made a guest performance for The Pacific Music Festival. He has a wide range of repertoire on the Shakuhachi, from classical Honkyoku to contemporary music, and collaborates with many different genres of music.

Currently, Lenzan has been promoting Shakuhachi's original performance style, "Blowing Zen," from Kamakura, the city ofZen known for Kenchoji Temple, Japan's first full-fledged Zen temple. ("Blowing Zen" is a form of Zen practice that involves playing the Shakuhachi by monks of the Fuke sect in the Edo period. Those pieces are called classical Honkyoku.) Lenzan has mastered various physical disciplines such as yoga, Rolfing, Alexander Technique, and Chinese Qigong. He conveys the mind-body connection through Shakuhachi with his unique philosophy, which he has combined with Zen philosophy. Additionally, he embodies a Zen flow by handpicking bamboo from the bamboo grove and crafting the Shakuhachi himself. He also runs a shakuhachi dojo called "KODO" at Zenkyoin Temple, a Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism in Kitakamakura, where he teaches Shakuhachi to his students.

■”ZEN2.0” Guest Shakuhachi performance in 2017,2018,2021,2022,2023 (International Zen conference held at Kenchoji, Japan’s first Zen Buddhist temple in Kamkura) 

■Kiyomizu-dera Film exhibition 「KIYOMIZU - Cycle of bessings」Opening & Closing 2024

■A collaboration work in Ryuichi Sakamoto series - "incomplete "  2020

    lenzan kudo + ryuichi sakamoto "時光 Jiko" 


■Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden “Chrysanthemum exhibition 2019 “

Night illuminations Shakuhachi performance and art produce

ZEN no OTO   2020〜


NHK World Japan "Spiritual Explorers - Blowing Zen"

Weekly Economist 2022.3.1 "Passionate People 19" (in Japanese)

Scheduled to appear in the September issue of the monthly magazine "Chichi Zuiso".

【Other activities】

Environmental conservation activities

■Seminar “Reconsider the environmental issues from a viewpoint of Japanese culture”

With Japanese Zen Buddhist philosophy, this seminar offers new understandings of Environmentalism; what it means to be human and the real relationship between capitalism and the environment. Through the study, you will also get some tips of what we can do for the environment in our daily life.

【Workshop / Session】

 ■“Breathing and Shakuhachi” project: 

This program is mainly focused on Tanden breathing* and mindfulness with the tones and the breathing techniques of shakuhachi, to help people deepen their breath and reduce modern people’s stress.

Learn breath technique based on the total abandonment of any tension in the body and any mental interaction with breathing. Take notice of the messages of the breath. Your breath tells you.

* Tanden breathing; respiration by working the inner part of the lower abdomen just beneath the navel


■“Face yourself and body -Feel your five senses- ”

This is a total program including breathing exercises to awaken your mind and body. Based on eastern philosophy, there are variety of practices to enhance physical activities, control your mind and breath, learn spatial perception, nourish your organs, and develop your creativity and imagination.


大学院音楽研究科修了後、渡英。Japan Festival 2001 in U.K(. 英国日本大使館主催)に参加、BBC に出演、オーケストラとの共演などヨーロッパを中心に演奏を行う。国内では2004年にパシフィック・ミュージック・フェスティバル札幌(PMF)で客演演奏。古典本曲から現代音楽まで幅広く演奏し、また多分野の音楽ジャンルとの演奏活動も積極的に行っている。

 現在は、尺八本来の演奏である吹禅(江戸時代に普化宗の 禅僧が演奏した古典本曲)のライフワークとし、鎌倉五山などで知られる禅の街、鎌倉から尺八を広めている。幼少からの独自の哲学と禅の哲学の共通点を見い出し、また、ヨーガ、ロルフィング、アレキサンダーテクニーク、中国気功などの身体性を習得。心ー身体の繋がりを尺八を通して伝えている。禅居院(建長寺塔頭)にて尺八道場「虚道」を開く。自身で竹を採り、尺八を製作する事で、一つの禅の流れを体現している。



 ■ ZEN2.0 (禅の国際カンファレンス、場所:鎌倉建長寺)2017年、2018年、2021年、2022年登壇

 ■ 清水寺 Film exhibition 「KIYOMIZU - Cycle of blessings」オープニングとクロージング曲で参加 (2024年)

 ■ 坂本龍一 series - incomplete "時光 Jiko" でコラボレーション (2020年)


 ■ 禅の響 -ZEN no OTO- (2020年〜)

■円覚寺主催 イベント等出演(2022年~) 

 You Tube お寺で対談① お寺で対談②  お寺で対談③ お寺で対談④ お寺で対談⑤


 ■ 新宿御苑 「菊花壇展ライトアップ」演奏&演奏時の演出担当(2019年)


■NHK World Japan 「Spiritual Explorers -吹禅」















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