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

A Boundless Life

The title of this blog comes from the name of Zenkei Roshi’s upcoming book that is due out in August Seeds For a Boundless Life: Zen Teachings from the Heart.  You can now pre-order a copy on Amazon (see the link)  or you can also order and advanced copy from the City Center Bookstore by emailing bookstore@sfzc.org.  Thank you to Zenju Manuel, Blanche’s last dharma heir, for making this book a reality.

Updated Lion’s Roar Article.

Lion’s Roar has done a big update to their article on Blanche.. Check it out.

VIDEO: Blanche’s Statement for the Mountain Seat

Blanche offered both an audio and video statement to her Deshi Kosho McCall as he became the Abbott of Austin Zen Center.  Below is the video link recorded by Mary Mocine (Abbot of Vallejo Zen Center – Clear Water Zendo) , Daigan Gaither, and Chuck Gould

Mtn Seat Statement

 

From Hilda Ramos

by Hilda Ramos

Blanche New Years Eve 2014

I took this at the City Center New Years eve/ day fire in 2014.  Blanche stayed up all night, we were burning tenken reports.  And it’s even more special because it was the day after Steve Stucky had died.  At least I was on an airplane coming back from Texas when I read the news on his blog and I cried on the plane.  Then I got to City Center and we were ringing the Densho for him and then had this wonderful New Years fire. I stayed up part of the night and took this picture but Blanche stayed up way past the time I went to bed. – Hilda Ramos City Center resident

From David Chadwick

David Chadwick sends us this interview from 1995 of Blanche and Lou.  (From Cuke.com)