kalden yungdrung wrote:Is Reiki based on (Zen) Buddhism or would it be a new age invention?
Meido wrote:kalden yungdrung wrote:Is Reiki based on (Zen) Buddhism or would it be a new age invention?
Not based on Zen or any other Buddhism.
The founder's story strikes me as similar to that of many of the founders of the "new religions" in Japan during the late 19th/early 20th century.
This may be useful:
"quintessence of mantra, and the ultimate condensation of the Dharma, containing infinite meaning in a single syllable"
Shiken Haramitsu Daikoumyo is a sacred 'nine-syllable' Buddhist mantra in Japanese.
The kanji which represents this is: 四拳 波羅蜜 大光明
shi-ken: 四拳 = (shi|four)-(ken|heart/fist)
ha-ra-mitsu: 波羅蜜 = (nami/ha|wave)-(ra|gauze)-(mitsu|nectar)
dai-kou-myo: 大光明 = (dai|big/great)-(hikari/kou|light)-(akarui/mei/myo|bright)
shiken represents four perspectives:
The Merciful Heart: expresses love for everything.
The Sincere Heart: follows what is right.
The Attuned Heart: follows the natural order of things.
The Dedicated Heart: holds to the chosen pursuit.
大光明 daikoumyo means great koumyo.and 光明 koumyo means the 'bright light' of illumination - the light of your heart - the Radiance of a Deity. The manifest expression of the Light of Wisdom: the means by which illumination "dawns on us.". A brilliant, enlightened aura.
Homage to the Perfection of Wisdom!
Thus have I heard. At one time the Lord dwelt at Rājagriha, on Vulture Peak, together with a large congregation of monks, and with many hundreds of thousands of niyutas of kotis of Bodhisattvas. At that time the Lord addressed the Venerable Ananda, and said: “Ananda, do receive, for the sake of the wellbeing and happiness of all beings, this perfection of wisdom in the letter A.”
Thus spoke the Lord. The Venerable Ananda, the large congregation of monks, the assembly of the Bodhisattvas, and the whole world with its gods, men, asuras and gandharvas rejoiced at the teaching of the Lord.
Meido wrote:I did not say there was no Buddhist influence in Reiki. Just that it is not based on Buddhism. Note that I am not expressing judgement on Reiki's value here.
Vasana wrote:It may not be based on Buddhist sutra but it's certainly compatible with the Buddhist inner-yoga-tantras.
Vasana wrote:If a person's practice includes excercises and visualizations related to the subtle body, channels and winds, samadhis and even Zazen , then i think Reiki is a very useful and applicable tool when familiarized with what it actually is and how it can effectively be used to help stabilize the mind and body before and during meditation sessions . (In the context of the SHK / Hrih symbol.)
Vasana wrote:If anything, the roots of the Reiki systems are universal and different modes of healing and purification using this universal-energy have cropped up elsewhere across the Asian continent and probably in other places in the world too. The concept of Prana and rlung found within the yoga-tantras of both India and Tibet , the Qi in Qi-gong , the chi in Tai-Chi etc...
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