Photo From Judith Keenan

Blanche’s spirituality and her politics: Not one, not two.

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While going through cards

Zenkei Sewing

Zenkei Sewing

While going through the cards and emails today, Blanche hands me one and says, “If anyone asks for a short word on what I tried to do in my practice, this is it.”  She then asked me to put the card up on her wall.

It said:

Our practice is to live our daily life in such a way that every moment, ever act, becomes an act of love.  ~~ Thich Nhat Hanh

[Zenkei added: “Or loving-kindness”]

PHOTOS: From Misha Merrill

Zenkei and Okusan (Suzuki Roshi's wife)

Zenkei and Okusan (Suzuki Roshi’s wife)

I just found this lovely photo of Blanche and Chitose-san (Hoitsu’s wife).  I believe this was taken about 7 years ago when Kannon Do Zen Center had its official opening for the new temple, and Hoitsu-sama came as the most honored guest.

More from Zenju

 I had collected these during the book project hoping they might put them in. But no.

Blanche & Lou Wed

Blanche & Lou Wed

Blanche over the years

Blanche over the years

Blanche's Smile

Blanche’s Smile

Blanche Marching

Blanche Marching

From Cynthia Gair

A Trip to Japan
In 1998, Blanche and 16 other American Zen teachers and practitioners spent over a month in Japan. We practiced everyday Zen at Rinso-in, Suzuki Roshi’s home temple. Blanche, along with two of her students, also traveled to Anteiji, a remote monastery where her dear Joshin-san had lived. Here are a few photos from that wonderful journey.

 

Arrival - Tokyo Airport

Arrival – Tokyo Airport

Mel & Blanche walk into Yaizu from Rinso-in

Mel & Blanche walk into Yaizu from Rinso-in

Blanche & Friends, Rinso-in festival day

Blanche & Friends, Rinso-in festival day

Cathleen & Blanche, Rinso-in's Waffle Zen Center

Cathleen & Blanche, Rinso-in’s Waffle Zen Center

Takuhatsuk Preparations, Rinso-in

Takuhatsuk Preparations, Rinso-in

Monks in Yaizu, eating ice cream

Monks in Yaizu, eating ice cream

On the train to Anteiji, 1998

On the train to Anteiji, 1998

Blanche & Cynthia, Anteiji 1998

Blanche & Cynthia, Anteiji 1998

Walking, Anteiji, 1998

Walking, Anteiji, 1998

Honoring Joshin-san, Anteiji 1998

Honoring Joshin-san, Anteiji 1998