What is Komyo ReikiDo?
Hyakuten Inamoto is a Japanese Buddhist monk of the Jodo-Shu, or Pure Land, sect from Kyoto, Japan who has studied Reiki with Chiyoko Yamaguchi, a student of Chujiro Hayashi. Hayashi Sensei was a student of Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki Ryoho. After learning from Yamaguchi Sensei and then doing much individual research into the original teachings, Hyakuten Sensei developed Komyo Reiki Kai in 1998 (changing the name in 2016 to Komyo ReikiDo) and began holding classes.
Hyakuten is fluent in English, and is noted for his gentle manner and sense of humor. He now teaches around the globe and is internationally known as an authority on Reiki. Additionally, Hyakuten Sensei has been an invaluable consultant and translator to many authors including 'Reiki: Transmissions of Light, Volume 1 - The History and System of Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho' by Robert Fueston, 'Reiki – A Comprehensive Guide' by Pamela Miles, 'Reiki's Birthplace' by Jessica A. Miller, and 'The Reiki Sourcebook' by Bronwen and Frans Stiene.
Komyo ReikiDo follows the teachings of Usui Sensei and focuses on healing not only the body, but most importantly, the soul or spirit. Usui Sensei believed that with spiritual improvement, the body would naturally be better capable of healing itself. Hyakuten Sensei shares this belief.
Komyo ReikiDo founder
Komyo ReikiDo, the system Hyakuten Inamoto has created, presents Reiki as it was understood and commonly practiced in the 1920's and 1930’s in Japan. This system places emphasis on spiritual unfoldment through the practice of Reiki Ryoho, aiming for 'Satori' or enlightenment.
As the practice of Reiki Ryoho was introduced to the west from Japan, many branches or schools developed, some with very complicated techniques that have little to do with the original practice
Reiki Ryoho is actually a very simple technique. So simple that many have a difficult time understanding that something so simple can be so effective. As a result, additional techniques and modalities have been added on to the practice. While we understand that we are interacting with the energy of the universe, which cannot be defined or confined, and respect the fact that these added practices may be effective, it is important to remember that these are additional techniques, and were not a part of the original practice.
Reiki Ryoho is as easy as quieting your mind, getting yourself out of the way, finding the space between your thoughts, and allowing the Reiki energy to flow of its own accord, without the intention or direction of the practitioner. With daily practice of self-Reiki, meditating on and living the Reiki precepts (Gokai), as a Reiki student you are actually following a path to enlightenment. As you heal, you become a stronger, clearer, more pure instrument for the Reiki energy. In addition, creativity and intuition increases while the ability to pass this gift of healing on to yourself and others becomes a beautiful outgrowth of your inner spiritual practice. This is the essence of Komyo ReikiDo.
Komyo ReikiDo is a 'Keep-It-Simple' Reiki system and practice. The practice motto is: 'Place your hands, Surrender, and Smile.' This means that the Reiki practitioner does not do any healing, but rather is a facilitator of the recipients own innate healing ability. So a practitioner is to simply place their hands, surrender to the Reiki energy, and smile, knowing that Reiki is self-directed in accordance with the needs of the recipient, not by direction or intention of the practitioner.
A hanko is an official seal or stamp used in lieu of a signature by all individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations in Japan. A round hanko is used by individuals. A square hanko is used by organizations.
The purpose of Komyo ReikiDo:
To improve the mind and body, and maintain optimal health by means of Reiki Ryoho practice
To live a healthy and peaceful daily life. The more peace and balance we cultivate in our lives through Reiki Ryoho practice, the more we directly experience what Mikao Usui (the originator of Usui Reiki Ryoho) called, "the secret method to invite happiness, and the miraculous medicine to cure all diseases."
To strive on, through Reiki Ryoho practice, to cultivate and uplift humanity and spirituality so as to attain the ultimate objective of Reiki Ryoho practice: Satori (enlightenment), and Anshin Ritsumei (inner peace).
Komyo = Great light or enlightenment
Reiki = Energy of the Universe
Do = Way or Path
Komyo ReikDo is a doorway to spiritual awakening,
and a path of Satori, or enlightenment.
There are four levels, or degrees, in the Komyo ReikiDo system: Shoden, Chuden, Okuden, and Shinpiden.
They are also known simply as Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4. The focus of the first two degrees is more on developing the therapeutic aspects of Reiki, while the last two degrees focuses more on developing the spiritual aspects.
Shoden (First Level) - Focus is primarily on self-healing, the family and friends, health and happiness, as well as treating others, and on learning how to practice 'Non-attachment.'
Chuden (Second Level) - Focus is on helping others through distant healing and helps the student become more aware of the concept of ‘Non-duality’, and of their connection to and impact upon the world around them. Instruction is given on Japanese techniques, three of the four symbols, and distance healing.
Okuden (Third Level) - Focus is on the spiritual practice of Reiki Ryoho, and developing 'Right Mind' through the practice of mindfulness both in our Reiki practice and in our day-to-day lives. One last symbol is given. Training is intended for Teacher/Shihan candidates, or for practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding of Reiki Ryoho and develop their inner growth.
Shinpiden (Teacher/Shihan) - For those who are interested in teaching Komyo ReikiDo. Shinpiden candidates must be certified in all Komyo levels and complete an apprenticeship program, re-sitting in on a minimum of 2 classes for each Komyo ReikiDo level.
Komyo ReikiDo Motto: "Go placidly in the midst of praise or blame!"
誉められても、(Homerare temo) Although praised
貶されても、 (Kenasare temo) Although blamed
平然と歩め、(Heizen to ayume) Placidly go
歩め！(ayume!) and go!
The words ‘praise or blame’ represent the world of duality, or of the pairs of opposites that is our objective reality. Examples are: good/evil, gain/loss, success/failure, victory/defeat, strong/weak, rich/poor, young/old, man/woman, up/down, right/left, birth/death, etc.
‘Go placidly in the midst of,’ means that we transcend or rise above the world of duality. Not escaping from it, not getting attached to it, not rushing hither and thither, so that we can walk on calmly and peacefully.
“Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.” ~ Buddha, Dhammapada 6/81
"A cup of tea … a cup of enlightenment!"
A cup of tea can help us to rise above the duality. In an act of having a cup of tea there is no good/no bad, no gain/no loss, no success/no failure, nothing but the absolute equality. While we enjoy a cup of tea we are in time and space of calm and peacefulness beyond the duality, and that is a state of Satori or enlightenment.
May all beings be happy and at peace!