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Bodhi Day Benefit Concert Featuring Shakuhachi Masters Riley Lee and Christopher Yohmei Blasdel

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Internationally renowned virtuosi Riley Lee and Christopher Yohmei Blasdel will offer a concert of solo and duo music for shakuhachi December 9th, 2017, 7:30 pm at ARTS at Marks Garage. The event celebrates Bodhi Day (traditionally December 8th) when Buddha attained complete enlightenment sitting under the Bodhi tree. It also commemorates the 100th birthday of Roshi Robert Baker Aitken, founding teacher of the Palolo Zen Center, who practiced there until his death in 2010 at age 93.

The shakuhachi is a Japanese end-blown flute which has been used in Zen Buddhist meditation. Riley Lee has attained the rank of Grand Master in two renowned shakuhachi lineages, and Christopher Blasdel is accredited by Goro Yamaguchi, a Living National Treasure in Japan until his death in 1999.

The public is invited to join in celebrating these auspicious occasions and support Palolo Zen Center’s fundraising efforts. Proceeds will benefit renovation of the nearly 30-year old temple located deep in Palolo Valley.



630p: Doors Open


- Raffle auction opens

- Pupus

730p: Concert begins

- Raffle auction closes (raffle prizes will be announced AFTER concert)


$30 pre-sale tickets

$35 at door (if available)


Parking: Free street parking after 6pm, $1.50/hr metered parking. Chinatown municipal garages $5 flat rate.

Earlier Event: December 8
Private Event
Later Event: December 10
Latin Dance