Improving your Personal Practise from a Japanese Perspective with Professor John Stevens Podcast

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John Stevens

John Stevens

Professor John Stevens is a Professor of Buddhist Studies, a trained Soto Zen priest and a world renowned Aikido Instructor who has lived most of his life in Japan developing his practise. Now that many of his elderly Japanese teachers have passed on - he has become 'the teacher'.

He is globally respected as an authority on Japanese culture, Aikido, Buddhism, and Zen and is a prolific author on all of these subjects.

It was Frans and Bronwen's great fortune to be able to catch up with him for an interview for The Reiki Show while he was recently visiting Australia as guest of the Art Gallery of NSW lecturing on Zen Art.

This was a wonderful opportunity to quiz Professor Stevens on subjects such as:

  • Cosmology in Japan
  • Creating harmony using the concept of fire and water (heaven and earth)
  • What it means to have a personal practise from a Japanese perspective
  • The purpose of kotodama - sacred syllable chanting
  • The importance of transcending the techniques you learn
  • Working with the hara (understanding from the belly)
  • Japanese purification called misogi
  • The true meaning of the words 'oral tradition' - kuden in Japanese
  • Yamabushi, the mountain ascetics or wizards



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  1. by Tamu Hoyo Ngina on December 20, 2012 at 06:40 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful interview. I have a couple of his books on Aikido and find this very useful in my own Reiki path. Bright Blessings!! THN

  2. by Frans Stiene on December 20, 2012 at 06:45 am

    Hi Tamu,
    He is a wonderful teacher, met him a few years ago in person when he was giving a lecture in San Francisco.

    I think we can see many elements within Aikido which correlates to the system of Reiki.


  3. by Tamu Hoyo Ngina on December 20, 2012 at 06:49 am

    His voice sounds SO VERY YOUTHFUL!!! Very vibrant. I really enjoyed so much his translation of the little book the heart of aikido….so inspiring.

    Again thank you so much Frans and Bronwen for all the sharing and inspirations along the path.

    Bright blessings!

  4. by Frans Stiene on December 20, 2012 at 06:52 am

    Hi Tamu,
    He was very vibrant in SF as well.
    Love the Heart of Aikido book too. :-)


  5. by Sean on December 05, 2015 at 05:50 am

    Very informative interview - thank you for sharing.
    I will need to look deeper into some of the areas discussed now!

  6. by Frans Stiene on December 05, 2015 at 05:56 am

    Hi Sean,
    He is such a knowledgable teacher and author. I know so much to explore from it.

  7. by liesl on January 08, 2016 at 01:36 pm

    Thank you Bronwen for “we learn as we go along” I really enjoyed this interview between the three of you. Every time there is this contact with the ‘experts’ I feel maybe I know something too. I am still learning every moment of every day about my place in the Universe and sometimes have glimpses of ‘knowingness’.

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