The Esoteric Teachings of Mikao Usui

“The word “esoteric” is used within Shingon Buddhism to indicate two teachings. First, that the Buddhas preach by adjusting their teachings according to the ability of their audiences to comprehend, and so to reserve some teachings until beings are ready for them. In this case, the Buddha wisely holds back teachings temporarily until the listener is ready for them…

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Contemplating Reiki and The Japanese Arts

This is a different kind of article, one in which we can contemplate to get a deeper understanding of the system of Reiki, our True Self/Reiki, and how this links in with traditional Japanese Arts. To contemplate this interrelationship, I have used as a focus point throughout this article the book, “The Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation” by Robert E. Carter.

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Did Chūjirō Hayashi change the System of Reiki?

Many teachers claim their lineage through Chūjirō Hayashi as traditional Mikao Usui teachings, but did Hayashi change the system of Reiki?To get a clearer picture of this, lets look at what different Japanese Reiki teachers have said about this subject over the years.

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The Secret Mirror

Think of a story reminiscent of Raiders of the Lost Ark—only set in Japan and Israel. Ben Midland’s novel The Sacred Mirror features American professor William Sandwell’s quest to find a holy Japanese relic stolen by a religious fanatic. With the help of a half-Japanese, half-British archaeologist, Catherine Yamazaki, and Japanese police inspector Akio Yamashita, the trio scour Japan for Yata no Kagami, a 2,500 year-old bronze mirror the Japanese Imperial Family has protected and which is considered the divine origin of Japanese emperors.
A shocking discovery awaits them.

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Reiki and Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space Teleclass

In many spiritual traditions the 5 elements of earth, water, fire, air and space are taught and used. This 5 week teleclass by Frans Stiene will explore the Japanese aspects of these elements - an excellent understanding for any Reiki practitioner and teacher interested in the Japanese influences of their practice.

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The Japanese Art of Reiki (Transcript of Washington, DC talk 2009)

The interesting thing was, that in this particular area called Darjeeling where the Darjeeling tea comes from, we went into the tea plantations and the local villages. Darjeeling is known for a lot of healing, there are a lot of shamanic practices going on there - a lot of Nepalese, Tibetans, Hindus, and Yogis who all do some form of healing. And when you talked to these people, they would all say that to make sure that the healing power stays intact they would do certain meditation practices and exercises. I was never taught that in the system of Reiki at all. It was always quite external. All we did was work on someone else. So, I became interested in finding out why, if this system of Reiki was a Japanese or Asian practice, why there were no meditation practices in it.

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Hands on Healing

hands on healingToday’s article focuses on a single question: What is hands on healing, as practiced within the traditional Japanese system of Reiki? Throughout the article, we will be quoting Yanagi Sōetsu (1889 - 1961), a Japanese philosopher who, in the late 1920s, founded the folk craft movement (Jp. Mingei) in Japan. We believe that he cogently expresses a philosophy that underlies many traditional Japanese practices — such as tea ceremony, flower arranging , martial arts, and meditation — and is deeply embedded in everyday Japanese life.

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Echoes in the Mountains: Locating Usui’s Experience in the History of Japanese Mountain Asceticism

USUI Mikao臼井甕男 (1865–1926) is celebrated as the founder of Reiki. While the story of his reception of reiki 霊気 (literally, “numinous energy”) is well-known, practitioners may be less aware of its resonance with Japan’s long history of mountain asceticism. Over a thousand years ago, religious itinerants began secluding themselves in the mountains in order to acquire special powers.

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