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Philosopher’s Path Tour
Pure Land Buddhism and Nature
Preston Keido Houser came to Kyoto in 1981 to pursue his interests in Zen Buddhism and traditional Japanese music, specifically the zen repertoire for the shakuhachi bamboo flute as played by the "komuso" monks of the the Fuke-shu sect. He earned his "shihan," master’s license, took the name Keido, and performs frequently in Japan and America (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1XguDd43gc). An award-winning writer (and frequent contributor to Writers in Kyoto (http://www.writersinkyoto.com/)), Preston has authored books on Japanese gardens, including "Invitation to Tea Gardens: Kyoto's Culture Enclosed"; "The Courtyard Gardens of Kyoto"; as well as the text for the acclaimed CD-ROM "Kyoto Gardens: A Visual Stroll Through Zen Landscapes" (https://kyotogardens.org/). In addition to Asia studies, Preston holds a Ph.D. in English literature (Shakespeare Studies) from the University of Pennsylvania. As a recently retired professor from Otani University in Kyoto, Dr. Houser currently lives in nearby Kameoka and divides his time playing music, cycling, hiking, as well as rereading Shakespeare and Buddhist texts. Recently Preston Keido provided the English translation for the Android Kannon Mindar at Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto He also spoke on "Bob Dylan and the I-Ching" at the World of Bob Dylan Conference held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 2019. An accomplished poet, Preston Keido has several volumes of poetry available in Kindle ebook and paperback formats via Amazon.com.
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