Where do I start: there’s no beginning or the end when preparing/ organizing for Komyo Reiki Retreat.
Coordinating Sensei’s travel & stay as well as each participant’s travel plan/itinerary and room preference is all ongoing. As registration process is on the way for some Reiki Masters , choice on rooms are more & more limited.
Komyo Reiki Shinpiden manuals are also en route for the Class.
Here’s some suggestion on clothing: Dai Bosatsu Zendo is located in Catskill mountains, at >2000 feet above sea level, mornings and evening would be cool. Layered clothing is suggested( that’s too for covering with Robe in formal events), also bring a light jacket in your suitcase. Loose and comfortable clothes like yoga pants are great in this place. Those who wish to go out for a walk in the nature, insect repellent might be useful. If you are not restricted by weight limitation(those taking plane), bring a small flash light to see your way when walking back & forth between Joraku-An & Zendo at night. If you cannot carry a flash light, do not worry, there are always spare flash lights at both places.
Nights in DBZ are naturally lightened up by moon & stars.
That’s the place where we can admire the whole constellation at night and I personally enjoy that. You can see Venus just above your head and 3 sisters smiling at you.
Oh very important for electro-technocrat, sorry to disappoint you but there’s no cell phone reception. If you really need to call outside world, bring a phone card. There’s a public telephone cabin in Zendo. With advance 4G, there might be some random spots on the mountain where you can catch a reception but so transitory.
Without fail, the meal gong is struck precisely at 7:15 am for breakfast and 1:00 pm for lunch. Ready or no, the head cook must strike the gong at these times and serve whatever is prepared.
But sometimes it can be difficult to stay in the moment. Sitting in the Zendo, wanting the sitting meditation to end, and knowing that the end will bring a delicious meal projects us into the future. At other times, though when we are lost in the moment, the faraway sound of the meal gong announcing the imminent meal is a sweet and gentle reminder that it can go on.
(Excerpt from 3 Bowls….)
Each of the formal meals at the monastery is conducted in a mere half hour……………..
No time to dawdle, no need to talk. Mealtime is about “just eating”. But in the same way that “just sitting” involves more, such as correct posture, breathing, and concentration, “just eating” is about more than just eating. It is about gratitude, mindfulness, and bringing one’s awareness to the big picture-where the food comes from, why we’re all here, and what our common purpose is. ..Myochi
Joraku-An is the guesthouse in Dai Bosatsu Zendo, where Komyo Reiki Retreat will be taking place, this summer, August 14 – 17, 2015. It was originally built in 1867, by James Beecher, a Protestant minister and brother of abolitionist writer Harriet Beecher Stowe. Joraku-an faces Beecher Lake and a statue of Buddha across the lake. It is always the accomodation for wellness retreat groups. It provides privacy to retreat groups, who have classes and work shops, who have their own schedule.
Retreat participants will have assigned rooms in Joraku-An. Those request for private rooms will be assigned in monastery. The activities of Komyo Reiki Retreat will be in both Joraku-An and in monastery.
As we make our way up the road to the monastery, it’s easy to believe the lore that this mountain was once a Native American healing ground. The Beaverkill River rushes past, cleansing and purifying. This stream, the quiet stillness, the hushed complacency of the mountain, and the deer that cross our path slowly work their magic as we ascend. (excerpted from 3 Bowls, written by Seppo Ed Farrey with Myochi Nancy O’Hara, Foreword and calligraphy by Eido T. Shimano Roshi).
Above is Excerpt from 3 Bowls, Vegetarian Recipes from an American Zen Buddhist Monastery, on Dai Bosatsu Mountain. The mountain is situated in a large estate with over 1,000 acres of maple forest, in where all animals are kept in free and wild nature.
Hyakuten Sensei and other Reiki Teachers who teach & learn Japanese Reiki mentioned about Kotodama. Kotodama means sacred voice, chant or Mantra.
When we invoke the Reiki (energy), we use symbols & kotodamas. Each symbol and each kotodama has a specific vibration or energy. Example of Reiki Symbol #1, we draw the symbol and we recite the name CKR(Kotodama). It is not necessary to know the meaning. Sound/Mantra gives vibration. Sound/mantra gives deep meaning.
Symbols are shapes, such as marks and letters( e.g: kanji) and are considered as the connection/ antenna to tune into the universal energy.
Symbols and Kotodamas are vehicles, to guide us in connecting with Reiki, Energy of Universe and higher dimension. Symbols and Kotodamas(mantras) are not Reiki. The only possibility to use them is through the traditional initiation within the scope of the Reiki system.
Hyakuten Sensei makes us aware on the use of Symbols and Kotodamas: The Master Symbol; One Great Bright Light. ” Once we become One Great bright Light ourselves, we have to let go the symbols/ mantras. Be the Master symbol yourself and you don’t need any outside help. We transcend the needs of outside help”.
That is why we have to let go of symbols.
Practice, practice and practice until we get there, until all symbols become a part of you..
A little anecdote: I heard some of my friends when I talk about Reiki, saying ” I am not sure I can memorize Reiki symbols”!!!
It is one of the favorite chants in Dai Bosatsu Zendo. Chanted often throughout the day, at morning service and also chanted at formal meal time. It is chanted over and over until everyone is served. It’s easy to learn.
It is a very powerful KOTODAMA, like Reiki symbols and mantras, when Reiki Practitioners invoke a symbol with it’s name.
It is an honor and highest consideration to have O-An cottage reserved for Sensei, Hyakuten Inamoto. My gratitude to the Head Monk, Jodo San and all residents and monks of Dai Bosatsu zendo.
O-An cottage is hidden in maple wood, away from the road, monastery and other buildings. It has barricade of boulders, in different sizes and shapes. Nice and cozy cottage with it’s own bathroom and kitchenette.
Appreciate of having this cottage reserved for Hyakuten Inamoto, with thoughtfulness for his privacy and quiet time.
To All Reiki Masters who are interested in joining Komyo Reiki Retreat:
On Registration: The spaces filled up faster as we are appoaching to the Retreat, which will be at the last week end of August 2012.
Some requests to join the Retreat also come from Reiki practitioners who are not at the level of Master/ Teacher yet.
Thank you All for expressing your interest to register. The reminder is that this is the Retreat for all Reiki Master of all lineages. Komyo Reiki Shinpiden (Teacher) class is an upgraded level for Reiki Masters.
My GRATITUDE to all those helping me in spreading the words, my colleagues and friends Reiki Masters, Komyo Reiki Shihans and the Energy of Reiki.
Like one of my colleague Reiki Masters states: We’re all being very selective about who we ask and focusing on Reiki people who we feel could sink seamlessly into Komyo with their whole hearts, minds and souls.
That’s exactly what I am doing with all those wish to register. It is important to have numbers of registration, to make this event happen, but also primordial for us to have Reiki people dedicated to become a Komyo Reiki Shihan (Teacher) . Reiki Masters Teachers who are committed to look at their own spirituality, who are based their Reiki practice on Five reiki Precepts: Peace, Serenity, Devotion, Honesty and Gratitude.
To Future Komyo Reiki Shihans: There are only 5 spaces left…..