Buddhist Qigong for Psychospiritual Development
The Energy Cultivation Practises of Reiki Jin Kei Do and Buddho EnerSense
Masters Shou-Yu Liang and Wen-Ching Wu (1997) describe four types of Quigong; Medical, Taoist, Buddhist and Wushu. They show that the basis of Buddhist Qigong is Tantric or Esoteric Buddhism. Also Jwing-Ming (1997) in his text about Qui Gong describes the ultimate purpose of this dimension of energy cultivation as being concerned with Buddhahood or Enlightenment.
These are the central origins, structure and aims of the related practises of Reiki Jin Kei Do and Buddho EnerSense (Collectively called Buddho by Tony Birdfield). They were transmitted from Reiki and Tantric Master Seiji Takamori to the current lineage head Dr Ranga Premaratna in 1990 (for a full account of their history,structure and philosophy see Gooch 2006). Both practises are founded in an ancient Indian/Tibetan system of energy cultivation, Buddho, which is thought to have a direct line of transmission back to Gotama Buddha.
The core meditation taught in Reiki Jin Kei Do is a simplified form of the Buddho meditation. Together they form the central meditational and energetic spine of both systems. These meditations, as with Tantric practises focus on the Chakras (energy centres) and central nadis (channels). They have two fundamental purposes. One is to effect a very strong connection to Universal/Sacred Energy (Reiki). Secondly, they are used to foster direct insight (Vipassana) into the underlying nature of reality.
Reiki Jin Kei Do also includes meditations and treatments based on or influenced by the Chinese meridian system. The Buddho system, however, is founded in the Indian/Tibetan Aryuvedic system. In Reiki Jin Kei Do the emphasis is on working with Universal Energy for the purpose of healing. However underlying these practises is the aim of psychospiritual growth of the practitioner and in the case of treating others, the client potentially. This aim is much more central within Buddho EnerSense.
Buddho EnerSense means energy/seed of enlightenment. It is based wholly on the ancient Buddho System and along with its central meditations includes the practise of mantras (sounds) and the use of Yantras (visual devices for meditation). It also includes further healing practises. At its more advanced levels Buddho EnerSense leads the practitioner into the meditational goals of Jhanas or deeper levels of absorption which can support the practitioner ultimately into realising a fully enlightened state if practised continuously with a high level of commitment. Dr Premaratna defined enlightenment as the ultimate aims of both systems in an interview with Tony Birdfield :-
Â?..the fundamental goals of both systemsÂ?Â?is to move towards enlightened state of mindÂ?Â?.which is not hindered by conditioned patterns which we have created over many lifetimes or even within this life.
(Dr Premaratna Sydney 2003)
Alongside the core meditations both systems involve energy cultivation practises. In Reiki Jin Kei Do a simple standing Chi Kung exercise helps the practitioner work with the Chakras and develop sensitivity and a series of breathing exercises are taught which develop the channelling of universal energy in a very powerful way.
Buddho EnerSense involves standing and moving meditations (Chi Nadi), breathing exercises and the use of mudras is introduced in the advanced stages of Chi Nadi. These practises move Universal Energy within the body, channels and centres in complex and unique ways and promote a deep awareness of the relationship between, mind, body and energy but require the core meditations and attunements/empowerments in their development. These are given at each stage of training in both systems.
Reiki Jin Kei Do translates as The Way of Compassion and Wisdom through Universal/Sacred Energy and encapsulates the philosophy of both systems of practises. It is that of promoting compassion through treating/healing oneself and others through the channelling of Universal Energy as well as the cultivation of wisdom through meditation on that energy, developing insight/awareness of the relationship between body, mind and energy. Wangyal describes these kinds of Tantric Energy (Prana) practises very clearly:-
We become sensitive to and develop the flow of prana using mind, imagination, breathing, posture and movement. By guiding the grosser manifestations of prana, we can affect more subtle levels. As our sensitivity increases, we can directly experience prana in subtler dimensions.
(Wangyal 2002 p77)
Reiki Jin Kei Do and Buddho EnerSense are now becoming established practises. Together they offer an extremely comprehensive system of meditation, movement and healing as well as an integrated path to personal and spiritual development.
Tony Birdfield who is a registered instructor with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain is available to teach Reiki Jin Kei Do to Master Teacher level and Buddho EnerSense to Master level. Please view his website for further details www.the-healing-space.net or phone 01202 601412 email BUddho@talktalk.net. Also view Dr.Premaratna The Interview on U Tube
Gooch,S. 2006 Reiki Jin Kei Do: the path of compassion and wisdom. O Books.
Liang,S,Y. Wu,W,C. 1997 Qigong Empowerment: A Guide to Medical, Taoist, Buddhist, Wushu Energy Cultivation The Way of the Dragon Publ. Rhode Island USA.
Jwing Ming, Y. 1997 The Root of Chinese Quigong: Secrets for Health Longevity and Enlightenment. YMAA Publication Centre.
Wangyal,T. 2002 Healing with Form, Energy and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen. Snow Lion NYork
About the author:Tony Birdfield is an holistic therapist and teacher of Buddho, EmoTrance and Tai Chi/Chi Kung. He lives and works in Poole Dorset.
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