Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson is a student and teacher of the shakuhachi, the vertical bamboo flute of Japan. He is also an ordained Zen priest in the Rinzai tradition of Japanese Zen, and at his day job, he works as a clinical psychologist in Seattle, Washington.

The shakuhachi is the only musical instrument associated with formal Zen practice in Japan, and Patrick began his training in both Zen and shakuhachi at about the same time in the early 1990’s.

He was ordained as a training priest under Genki Takabayashi Roshi in Seattle in 1996, at which time he was given the priest name Genchoku.

As a student of shakuhachi, Patrick studied some years ago with two fine American teachers, Peter Ross and Peter Hill. More recently, he also studied with the American virtuoso, Larry Tyrrell of Portland, Oregon. And since 2008 he has had the good fortune to be a regular student of Kakizakai Kaoru, one of the world’s foremost teachers and performers of 'Koten Honkyoku', the traditional Shakuhachi repertoire of Yokoyama Katsuya.

With an informal endorsement from Kakizakai Sensei, Patrick currently teaches at HaKakuMei Shakuhachi Dojo ( in Seattle. He is available for teaching, lectures and demonstrations, and performing and is also one of the Managing Directors of the KSK North America.

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