Was Mikao Usui a Yamabushi?

Senior Reiki Teacher at the International House of Reiki, Frans Stiene, explains his interest in studying the Yamabushi and their links to Mikao Usui.

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Vale Sakai Ajar

Buddhist monk Yusai Sakai, known for twice achieving “sennichi kaihogyo”, the 7 year practice of he Marathon monks, died of heart failure Monday, his family said. He was 87.

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Frans Stiene’s Shugendo Training in French Alps

This last week senior Reiki Teacher at the International House of Reiki, Frans Stiene, travelled from Australia to the Shômudo Shugen hermitage in the French Alps to receive teachings from the Reverend Yamabushi Priest Kûban.

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Was Usui Mikao practicing Pure Land or Tendai?

Some people say that Usui Mikao, the founder of the system of Reiki was a Tendai lay monk while others say that he was practicing Pure Land, as he is buried in a Pure Land Temple in Tokyo.
Let’s take a closer look at this and see what we can find.

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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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What I am discovering from my Japanese Shugendo Training about Reiki

What I am discovering from my Japanese Shugendo Training about ReikiHow my recent shugendo training has informed my understanding of the system of Reiki. As some of you might know I recently went to Japan to train with a Japanese Shingon priest, Takeda Hakusai Ajari, who was once a Tendai monk as a disciple of the great Sakai Dai Ajari, learning about Shinto, Shugendo, Tendai and Shingon. This training has brought me different insights into the system of Reiki and Mikao Usui.

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Frans Stiene’s Japan Journal

Frans Stiene's Japan JournalAs some of you know I just spent a week in Japan deepening my own personal spiritual practice with a Japanese Shingon priest, Takeda Hakusai Ajari, who was once a Tendai monk as a disciple of the great Sakai Dai Ajari, learning about Shinto, Shugendo, Tendai and Shingon.

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Help get Frans to Japan to study Shugendo

Frans Stiene is a committed Reiki teacher who, in July 2012, has the unique opportunity to begin Shugendo training in Japan. YOU can help him to raise the funds to go.
Frans has been studying and teaching the system of Reiki from a Japanese perspective since 1999 all around the globe. Those of you who know Frans know that he is 100% committed to his roles as a Reiki teacher and as a student of the practice. His generosity in sharing his path with others is a stand-out amongst Reiki teachers.

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