“Falling Leaves” – For Kyogen


My teacher, Kyogen, loved a wide variety of music, like Bob Dylan in particular, but also classic Americana, like the soundtrack from the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Somehow, shortly after his memorial service yesterday, I came across this old chestnut by Grandpa Jones. Both the style of music and particularly the lyrics fit how I’m feeling at this point, and also are in tune with what Kyogen taught.


The Memorial

Kyogen Amongst the TreesThe Memorial Service for my teacher, Kyogen Carlson-sensei, will be this Sunday, September 21st, 2014, at the Jason Lee Elementary School, where Dharma Rain is renting space for larger ceremonies until the new Siskyou property is built.

Jason Lee Elementary is at 2222 NE 92nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220 — the intersection is NE 92nd & NE Eugene.

  • 8:30am — Zazen with sanzen
  • 9:00am — Kinhin
  • 9:40am — Full Morning Service
  • 10:10am — Break
  • 10:30am — In Memoriam

I will be the one in back with the puffy, red eyes. Might need to wear dark sunglasses like a faded movie siren no one recognizes anymore, anyway.

The Remembrances Of Kyogen Begin…

IMG_0864.JPGJames Ford, who was Kyogen & Gyokuko’s fellow zen student and monk at Shasta Abbey in the 1970s, now a Minister of a large Unitarian Church on the east coast, wrote this brief but very good remembrance of my teacher. Thank you to good friend and fellow zen student of Kyogen’s, Lisa So’on Mann for posting this.


kyogen, patrick & ulysses at dharma rain softball in summer 2008.

Our teacher Kyogen (l.), Patrick (c.) & Ulysses (r.) at a Dharma Rain Softball Game in the summer of 2008.

Last Thursday, May 17, in the wee hours of the morning, a pal passed — Patrick Finneran.

Long time gay activist, fellow zen student, softball enthusiast. Dharma Rain Zen Center, where we both practice, did him a big solid in letting him spend his final hospice days with them.
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