Shinpiden graduate, Zeynep, wrote this great poem for the Year of the Dragon. This should surely get us all in the mood for the Year of the Dragon Evening this week.
It may not be commonly discussed but poetry was also a part of the system of Reiki’s original Japanese teachings.
This lack of acknowledgement is largely due to the reading of poetry being a culturally specific practice in Japan. Most Westerners have no, or little, understanding of this practice in its Japanese form.
Frans and Bronwen Stiene interview American haijin Dr. Val Finnel. A haijin is someone who writes haiku. Val uses these haiku to create Photo Haiga. Haiga is the traditional Japanese art of coupling calligraphy with a Japanese form of poetry called haiku. Photo Haiga is a modern version of this where haiku is coupled with photos.
There is an historical precedent for this with samurai holding moon viewing parties where waka would be quoted to one another under a lovely Japanese moon and we have read of martial artists in the early 1900s continuing this tradition. Usui sensei was born into a samurai family.
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