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Friday, January 29, 2021

Roshis Visit Tassajara 1968 - Seeking photos

Got the following email from a researcher:


I am writing to ask for assistance in a research project related to the opening of the Tassajara Center in 1968. In particular I'm asking about photos. More specifically I'm looking for photos that include (if any exist) a Flora Eko Courtois. Flora was a student of Maezumi Roshi, considered a founder of ZCLA, was recognized by Yasutani Roshi as having the experience of enlightenment by oneself alone which, on account of his urging, she wrote about in a small book titled "An Experience of Enlightenment."

Flora died in early 2000 at the age of 84 so she would have been in her early 50's when she made the drive to Tassajara in 1968 with passengers Maezumi Roshi, Yasutani Roshi, Soen Nakagawa Roshi, and Eido Shimano Roshi.

While I realize that photos from 50+ years ago may be archived and not easily accessible I'm hoping that's not the case and that something can be found without much effort. Thank you in advance for your consideration of my request.

Roger Jo Ei Stawasz


I referred Roger to a page on about this visit. I can ask Barbara Wenger if she knows of any photos of that visit. There are three in the Wind Bell article linked to that includes only the celebs.  Will ask on FB. - dc