Usui Mikao, the founder of Reiki, was a Tendai practitioner all of his life. Tendai was brought to Japan by Saicho in the 8th century and names Nagarjuna as it’s patriarch. Apart from the belief that the lotus sutra is Buddha’s perfect teaching it also teaches meditation based on esoteric elements. It is interesting to look at the 10 major precepts of Tendai and see their correlation to Reiki and it’s 5 precepts.
The 10 Tendai precepts are:
1. Avoid from killing living things
2. Avoid from stealing
3. Avoid illicit sex (or abusing others for selfish gain)
4. Avoid speaking falsehood (lying)
5. Avoid malicious speech
6. Avoid harsh speech (finding fault with others)
7. Avoid indistinctive prattle (or dull contentment of small talk)
8. Avoid greed and envy
9. Avoid anger
10. Avoid wrong views (or to dishonor the Three Treasures)
From the standpoint of Tendai precepts, you wouldn’t say “Just for today”.
In Juuzenkai, you say, “From now to the end of time, I vow…”.
Below is a reminder of Reiki’s original 5 precepts with
1 – introduction, 2- the precepts, 3 – the instructions of use.
The secret of inviting happiness through many blessings
The spiritual medicine for all illness
For today only:
Do not anger
Do not worry
Be honest in your work
Be compassionate to yourself and others
Do gassho every morning and evening
Keep in your mind and recite.
Improve your mind and body
Usui Reiki Ryoho
Bronwen and Frans Stiene are the co-founders of the International House of Reiki and co-authors of The Reiki Sourcebook, The Japanese Art of Reiki, Your Reiki Treatment, The A-Z of Reiki Pocketbook and the Reiki Techniques Card Deck. Bronwen and Frans teach in the USA, Europe and Australia. Visit the Courses page to find a course near you.