When Hawayo Takata was trained in Usui Reiki Ryōhō by Chūjirō Hayashi in Japan in the 1930s, she learned a form of meditation performed with the palms of the hands pressed together in front of the chest, a position known in Japanese as gasshō. During the meditation, the practitioner turns their attention inward, particularly to the lower abdomen, called the hara or tanden in Japanese. She taught this meditation to many of her students in the 1970s, but after her death, many Reiki lineages did not receive this teaching.
In this 2-hour workshop, Dr. Justin B. Stein (PhD, University of Toronto) will give first a lecture on the form and history of this meditation practice, including some possible influences on Mikao Usui. There will be time for question and answer, then some time to practice the meditation as a group.
Justin B. Stein is a scholar of the spiritual and religious practices of Japan. His doctoral thesis examined the production of Reiki out of cultural exchanges in the North Pacific region (Japan, Hawaii, North America) between the 1920s and the 1970s.
Date: Thursday February 18th, 2021
Time: from 8pm CET – 10pm CET
Investment: € 25,-