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Mikao Usui and the Samurai

December 29, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

It is said that Mikao Usui’s ancestors were Samurai. But who and what were the Samurai?

Many Samurai practiced esoteric spiritual teachings, like Mikkyo, and worshipped various Buddha’s and war deities. Often these deities and Buddhas were depicted on the Samurai’s outfits, like helmets, swords and more.

The Metropolitan Museum in New York is hosting a wonderful exhibition until the 10th of January 2010. So if you’re looking for something to do in the holidays why not visit the MET.

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Christmas Wishes to Shibumi Readers and Members

December 24, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Merry Christmas and happy holiday season to all who have followed the evolution of Shibumi International Reiki Association. It has certainly flourished and grown in its first year and we are all excited to head into 2010. We have lots of plans to continue Shibumi’s growth, bringing support to the Japanese art of Reiki.

We have included two fun videos for you with our christmas wishes of peace and love to all. Enjoy!

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Meditation with monks

December 24, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

A bell tolls at first light. The old timber “nightingale” floors chirp under stockinged feet, there’s a whisper of saffron and black robes, a rumour of conversation and the monks enter the temple. Mist drifts around the eaves like incense and there’s a chill in the mountain air, yet behind the sliding paper screens it’s warm and dark. Low, golden lanterns illuminate an ornate altar, around which the monks sit perfectly still.

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