I. Buddha Statue: Reiki and Buddhism does it go together?
We get a lot of questions about this, so we want to go into it in more detail in a diptych.
In this blog we will make the connection between Reiki and Buddhism, in part two we will discuss whether or not you can buy a Buddha for your own Reiki room.
What is the History of Buddhism?
Buddhism is difficult to capture in a few sentences. Apart from the extensive applications, methods and movements, there are, among others, Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese variants. It is therefore very likely that the information below gives only a very limited representation of what Buddhism actually means. We are also not specialized in Buddhism.
Buddhism can be described as a philosophy that emerged from the teachings of Buddha. In Sanskrit it means "The Awakening One". The founder lived in India between the 6th and 4th centuries BC. It was not until the 20th century that Buddhism became a well-known concept in Western society. Until that time it was mainly a movement that was practiced in various variations in the Asian countries.
People differ on the exact dates and reason for the origin of Buddhism, probably the origin in India lies in the fact that they wanted to break away from traditional rituals and were therefore looking for a new interpretation.
Buddha, therefore, should not be regarded as a divine being, but as a doctrine and way of life unrelated to any religion.
Despite differences in the performance of the emerging currents of that time, there were also similarities in the performance. This was mainly reflected in the use of the terms for various parts. Nirvana, yoga and karma were the words that were common and of course we still know today.
What is the connection between Buddhism and Reiki?
To answer this question we have to go back to the founder and the rediscoverer of the Reiki method that we perform at Muansun; Dr. Mikao Usui.
Mikao Usui was born in Japan in 1865, in a place where his family had lived for eleven generations. Usui's family was a "Hatamoto samurai", a high level of the samurai ranks.
At the age of four, Mikao Usui attended a Buddhist school.
Usui was an intelligent student who developed as someone with a keen interest in medical science.
In his youth he studied Kiko, the Japanese version of Qigong. This is a health and healing discipline based on the development and use of life energy. He had extensive knowledge of medicine, psychology and theology of various religions. He also practiced various oriental martial arts, which he was also very good at.
In continuing his studies, he joined a spiritual group called "Rei Jyutsu Kai". This organization, which at that time also had associated the most spiritual monks, nuns and clairvoyants, was engaged in metaphysics and there Usui learned a lot about spirituality and the connection with healing, healing methods and the elaboration of the spiritual, mental and emotional aspect on the physical body.
This new, deeper knowledge made him increasingly doubt the principles of Kiko which he had previously studied.
His living environment remained Buddhist; the center of Rei Jyutsu Kai was located at the foot of the sacred Mount Kurama, near Kyoto. On that mountain is a Buddhist temple, Kurama-dera, with a statue of Amida Buddha. This spiritual environment was a place to meditate for many people at the time, which Usui himself must have done.
Around 1900 a major epidemic broke out in Japan, causing Usui himself to become seriously ill. This brought about a great inner change. During his illness he had a profound near-death experience and during the visions he had along the way, he received instructions from Mahavairocana Buddha. This experience made Usui think even more about the meaning of life and the way he had lived in life up to that point. From that moment on he developed an interest in the esoteric science of healing as taught by Buddha. His great wish was to be able to apply this himself to help people with this. However, his environment was vehemently against the change he had made and did not want to hear about the fact that he had seen Enlightened Buddhas. He was banished by family and religion.
Choosing a Buddha for my Reiki space
As mentioned, Buddhism as a subject is too extensive to be fully discussed here, but it is somewhat important for the question of which Buddha you can choose in the Reiki space.
The principle of all Buddha movements is that one completely gets rid of desire, aversion and ignorance.
Buddha is often spoken of as one and the same. But we all know that there are images of all kinds, one sitting with a thicker stomach, a Buddha with a point on the head and Buddhas with different hand positions. But there are many more, both named and unnamed. Each Buddha represents a different method and a different stream.
The preceding piece shows that Dr. Mikao Usui had connections with Buddhism, especially with two named Buddhas;
1. Amitabha Buddha - an image of which during his studies was located in the environment where he regularly meditated;
Amitabha is the representation of the Pure Land Buddhism and falls under the path of the Mahayana, the goal of which is to develop full Buddhahood and access the Pure Land, which gives enlightenment and Nirvana, and which should be accessible to all.
2. Mahavairocana Buddha
Also called, The Big Buddha.
This Buddha is seen as the source of life. The virtues attributed to this are expressed in Sankrit with the letter "A" and symbolizes the spirit that strives for Enlightenment. By recognizing the mind, you recognize the pursuit of that Enlightenment.
If we can now draw some sort of conclusion, then we can say that it is most common to use a Buddha image of an Amitabha Buddha or Mahavairocana Buddha in the Reiki space. Due to the connection that Dr. Mikao Usui had with these Buddhas.
In the second part of this series we explain how to get a Buddha statue, because in the end it remains an image that will come your way, no matter what it looks like.