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Mikao Usui - A Buddhist?!

As was common in his time, Mikao Usui had different names - to learn more, see the blog link below this article - and one of them is his 戒名 kaimyo name. Kaimyo is a posthumous name or an ordination name which a person gets when he receives the Buddhist precepts.

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Reiki Insights

Read what people have to say about Frans Stiene’s new book Reiki Insights, due out later this year:
In this wonderful book, Frans Stiene addresses ancient wisdom and meditation tradition in a very practical way to bring it to the modern world. It conveys a beneficial, heartwarming, and transformative experience, and will create happiness and joy for those who read it. - Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, author of Our Pristine Mind

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Chanting for Life

Imagine there was a way to calm your mind, express your true self and celebrate the gift of life with others, all at the same time. If you are a Reiki practitioner you may recognize this as one way to describe founder Mikao Usui’s ideal of “being Reiki”. This is also a way to describe the benefits of chanting. There is a reason for this parallel.

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Tenohira Ryoho by Mitsui Koshi

The below photos are from the book Tenohira Ryoho (Hands-on treatment) by Mitsui Koshi. Mitsui Koshi (1883-1953) was a Japanese literate, poet, philosopher and activist. Born in Yamanashi Prefecture and graduated from Tokyo University. He is said to be responsible for systematizing the “Tenohira Ryoho” (Hands-on Treatment) that was established by Eguchi Toshihiro who was a friend and student of Mikao Usui.

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Being Here and Now

The precepts seem simple but I’m amazed by the deeper layers one can discover with practice. After our marathon chanting I had two discoveries…

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Reiki Kototama

Traditionally within Mikao Usui’s Okuden Reiki II and Shinpiden Reiki III teachings, there are kototama. In reality they are the mantras, but they are chanted in a specific way.

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The Word “Not” Within the Precepts

Often people don’t like the word “not” within the precepts and start to change the first two precepts to what they want to say, to words that may feel more positive. But “not” is very important to Mikao Usui’s teachings.

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Japanese Esoteric Roots of Reiki Video

On June 14, 2017 Frans Stiene joined Firefly Society’s Esoteric Salon in NYC for a video. As Reiki has evolved and changed over the course of the 20th Century, it is often easy to forget that Mikao Usui’s teachings were part of a larger cultural context with deep traditions and meaning. Frans Stiene held space for us and shared his invaluable insight into Reiki, taking us into its heart by exploring its roots in Japanese esoteric Buddhism.

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