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Zen Tour October 2008

Finding the Center:
A Martial Arts and Fine Arts Presentation

Two Zen masters from Hawaii will visit the Pacific Northwest in October 2008. Events open to the public will feature fine arts and martial arts, and audience members will have chance to experience Zen for themselves. The instructors will present Rinzai Zen as it has developed at the Daihonzan Chozen-ji in Honolulu.

Zen Tour Schedule

Monday October 6, 2008
Vancouver, British Columbia

University British Columbia
UBC Asian Centre Auditorium, 3-5PM and 6-7:30PM

Tuesday October 7, 2008
Bellingham, Washington

Western Washington University, Bellingham
Viking Union 605, 4 – 5:30PM

Wednesday October 8, 2008
Seattle, Washington

Seattle University, Time TBD

Thursday October 9, 2008
Olympia, Washington

Aikido of Olympia, 7:00 – 8:30PM

Saturday October 11, 2008
Mercer Island, Washington

Mercer Island Community Center, 10:30 -12:00PM

Saturday October 11, 2008
Seattle, Washington

Frye Art Museum, Seattle, 2:00 – 4:00PM

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A Canadian Nikkei in Hawaii – Day 2

For the first time in many years, your humble blog-master is missing Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival. It was time for a badly-needed family vacation and circumstances dictated the timing. So here we are. In Kona, on the big Island of Hawaii. We travelled yesterday from Seattle, landing at our rented home last night–the Newman/Greenaway clan (Amy, Emiko, Kaya and me) along with Amy’s folks Bonnie and Joel. So maybe today is Day One, but I’m going to call it Day Two anyway. That’s me at breakfast this morning. On the beach.

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