Reiki Jin Kei Do is a specific lineage and branch of the energy-healing discipline of Reiki. Once often referred to as ‘the eastern lineage of Reiki’ (it clearly isn’t), it is a system that, uniquely amongst all traditions of Reiki, holds the originating esoteric Buddhist teachings that modern Reiki developed from. Another label for the lineage, again, no longer used is Usui Shin Kai, which means the heart or core teachings of Usui, and this label needs to be reinstated. Why? Because Reiki Jin Kei Do does indeed contain the teachings that are at the heart of the whole of modern Reiki: its esoteric Buddhist heart.
A Reiki Jin Kei Do class would in many ways be very similar to any other high-level traditional form of Reiki, with a lot of talk and practice of using the system as an energy-healing method. Reiki Jin Kei Do is much more than this, though. The whole method is built around a deep exploration and understanding of the practice of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is the foundation on which every single expression of Reiki is built, though most Reiki teachers are utterly unaware of this fact and don’t teach it. It’s a practice that I have explored in a great deal of depth in my upcoming book, Mindfulness Meditation and The Art of Reiki.
In any good Reiki practice if you are focusing on the energy-healing aspects of it and not meditating daily, your practice is profoundly out of kilter. Meditation keeps you grounded, and it keeps you balanced amongst other benefits, and it takes you to the heart of Usui’s system. Mikao Usui was the guy who developed the method that came to be known as Reiki in the first place.
Usui Shin Kai
So, what is the heart of Usui’s teachings? It’s a system called Buddho. Buddho is the name of the meditation that Usui performed on Mt Kurama that led to his enlightenment experience and then to the evolution of his system into an energy-healing practice. Buddho is more than just the name of a meditation practice, however. It’s a complete esoteric Buddhist method for the healing of body, mind and spirit that ultimately can open the door to the Absolute for the committed practitioner.
The Buddho system contains not only the Buddho meditation, but also a sophisticated Qi Gong practice called Chi Nadi. Talk to any of the leading authorities in the field of Reiki and they will tell you that Usui clearly drew on esoteric Buddhist Qi Gong practices in the development of his system. That is exactly what Chi Nadi is. The power of it is astonishing and it dovetails with the practice of the Buddho meditation. It utilizes not only the mindful movements of traditional Qi Gong and its awareness of energy as it moves through the subtle energy system but incorporates the use of complex Buddhist mantras (that relate directly to the Reiki symbols) and various visualisations.
There are also sophisticated treatment methods within Buddho that extend and deepen the practice of hands-on healing in a way that is not available within the traditional Reiki canon.
Critically, the system also contains the precise origins of the Reiki symbols, their function as meditation aids, how they work in a healing context, and why.
Ranga Premaratna, the lineage head of Reiki Jin Kei Do:
“The Buddho method, which is the origin of Reiki Jin Kei Do clearly links the (Reiki) symbols and other teachings to its teachings. The advantage of Jin Kei Do is that it connects you to the teachings before and beyond Japanese Reiki; truly connecting to Sanskrit origins, mantras, yantras, symbols and meditation.”