A lineage is the line of teaching that your teacher has been trained in, similar to a family tree. A teacher’s lineage reflects the information passed from teacher to student. As a result, different lineages will share a variety of different techniques, philosophies and understandings of the system of Reiki Ryoho, as well as have different focuses.
Although it is important when undertaking Reiki training that your teacher is able to provide you with an unbroken lineage tracing back to the founder, Mikao Usui, in reality one lineage is not better or more authentic than the next.
•One lineage is neither ‘better’ nor ‘worse’ than the other. Neither is ‘stronger’ nor ‘weaker.’ Neither is ‘more advanced’ nor ‘less advanced.’
• By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not noble. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not superior. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not ignoble. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not inferior.
• By deed a Reiki practitioner is noble. By deed a Reiki practitioner is superior. By deed a Reiki practitioner is ignoble. By deed a Reiki practitioner is inferior.
• Your Reiki lineage does not make a good practitioner or a Teacher. “Clothes do not make the man,” as the saying goes.
•Deeds are the criteria of a good Reiki practitioner and a good Teacher. Your mental, verbal, and physical deeds, (i.e., what you think, what you speak, and what you do), are of the greatest importance.
Usui Mikao Sensei (Founder Usui REIKI RYOHO)
Mikao Usui Sensei, the founder of Reiki Ryoho (healing art), attained spiritual enlightenment in 1922 while he was fasting and meditating on Mt. Kurama in Kyoto, the ancient capital city of Japan. At the same time he attained this enlightenment, he realized that he also received a miraculous healing ability. Usui Sensei thought that this wonderful gift of healing ability should be shared with everyone and not just kept to himself and/or his family. As a result, he opened up «Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai» (Usui Reiki Academic Association), at Aoyama, Tokyo in April of 1922 and began teaching.
(In the Western countries, it’s been incorrectly said that Reiki healing method was rediscovered by Usui Sensei after researches in the Buddhist scriptures. Reiki Ryoho is a wholly Japanese method and is an inspired healing art of Usui Sensei, not the outcome of his researches, or discovery, or re-discovery.)
In 1925 Usui Sensei moved to Nakano, a suburb of Tokyo, so as to expand his healing activities. Due to his nation-wide fame, he was very often invited to teach his Reiki Ryoho in local districts or other areas of Japan.
On March 9th, 1926, while traveling at Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture Sensei Usui unexpectedly became ill and passed away on the road.
Usui Sensei’s gravesite and his memorial stone are located in Tokyo at Saihoji Temple of Jōdo-shū (浄土宗) or Pure Land sect of Japanese Buddhism.
(In the West, Usui Sensei is said to be a Christian minister that got his PhD at the University of Chicago and president of Christian based Doshisha University in Kyoto. There is no evidence to support this. He was a lay Buddhist from beginning to end.)
Hayashi Chujiro Sensei (15.09.1879-11.05.1940)
Chujiro Hayashi Sensei a captain of the then Imperial Navy of Japan, enrolled in the 30th class of the Naval Academy in December 1899, and graduated in December, 1902. He was initiated into Shinpiden (Teacher’s Degree) by Usui Sensei in 1925 after his retirement from the Navy and opened his Reiki clinic at Higashi-shinano-cho, Tokyo.
He was one of the directors of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. His wife, Mrs. Hayashi Chie, was also a member of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. In 1931 he left the Gakkai and set up “Hayashi Reiki Kenkyu Kai”.
He made 13 Shihans (Teachers), and two of them were women, namely his wife, Mrs. Hayashi Chie, and Mrs. Hawayo Takata. In 1937 Hayashi Sensei traveled to Hawaii with his daughter. He stayed for several months, hosted by Mrs. Takata (his student). Before he left Hawaii in February of 1938, he awarded Mrs. Takata a Shihan (teacher’s) certificate.
In 1940, May 11th, he passed away (by committing suicide. The reason remains a mystery.)
(Hayashi Sensei was not enrolled in the Naval Academy of Medicine. There are claims that Hayashi Sensei was a medical doctor, but this cannot be confirmed as there are no records to verify this fact.
In conclusive documentation is provided Hayashi Sensei to held a medical license, we will gladly share this information.)
Yamaguchi Chiyoko Sensei
Chiyoko Yamaguchi Sensei was initiated into Reiki Ryoho by Hayashi Sensei in 1938 at the age of 17. She did not become a Shihan but she was taught how to give Reiju by her uncle, another of Hayashi Sensei’s students. She did not open a public Reiki practice, practicing privately with family and friends. After numerous requests, she began teaching Reiki Ryoho to others in 1997. She has no set curriculum and did not provide written materials or certificates. She simply taught as she went along.
Inamoto Hyakuten Sensei (Founder of Komyo ReikiDo)
(Born in 19.08.1940)
Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei, Japanese Buddhist monk of the Pure Land (Jodo-shu) school and international teacher, was a student of Yamaguchi Chiyoko.
After much research into the original teachings of Usui Sensei, Hyakuten Inamoto founded Komyo ReikiDo™ (formerly Komyo Reiki Kai) in 1998 and began holding classes. Komyo ReikiDo follows the teachings of Usui Sensei and focuses on healing not only the body, but most importantly, the mind (soul or spirit). Usui Sensei believed that with spiritual improvement, the body would naturally be better capable of healing itself. Hyakuten Sensei shares this belief.
Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei has been an invaluable invaluable speaker and translator for many authors. He travels extensively teaching Reiki Ryoho worldwide, internationally known as an authority (expert) on traditional Japanese Reiki. He lives near Mt. Kurama in the ancient city of Kyoto and gratefully guides a great amount of Reiki practitioners from all the world to Reiki’s Birthplace.
Hyakuten Sensei is fluent in English, and is noted for his kind, gentle manner and joyous sense of humor.
Hyakuten Sensei currenty travels the globe teaching Komyo ReikiDo seminars to a wide range of international students, in addition to teaching classes and giving sessions at his clinic in Kyoto, Japan.
Takata Hawayo Sensei (24.12.1900-11.12.1980)
One of Hayashi Chujuro Sensei’s student was Mrs. Hawayo Takata.
Takata Sensei, a Japanese American was born in Hawaii. She was diagnosed with a serious gall bladder trouble. In 1935 Takata made a trip to Japan and was treated with Reiki by Hayashi Sensei. She recovered completely in four months. She then worked for Hayashi Sensei as a Reiki student for about one year before returning to Hawaii.
Hayashi Sensei visited Takata Sensei in Hawaii from October 1837 till February 1938 1938 and initiated her into Shinpiden ( Shihan or Teacher) level in 1938.
Takata Sensei set up her Reiki clinic in Hawaii and in her later life, she made 22 Reiki Teachers ( or Reiki Masters’ as they are known in the West).
Thanks to their devotion, Reiki Ryoho (Reiki hands-on healing Art) has become widespread in the West.
Note: While Takata Sensei in not part of Komyo Lineage, her contribution to Reiki Ryoho practice as whole deserves an honorable mention. In truth, it is because of Takata Sensei’s great dedication and continual hard work and effort that Reiki Ryoho is known to the world today.
We would like to express our hearty gratitude, appreciation —infinite thankfulness to Takata Sensei and her granddaughter -Grand Master Phyllis Lei Furumoto. Thank you so much for your dedication and everything you have done to spread Reiki Ryoho around the world!
22 Hawayo Takata’s Reiki Masters:
Phyllis Lei Furumoto
John Harvey Gray
Harry M. Kuboi
Barbara Lincoln McCullough
Mary Alexandra McFadyen
Virginia W. Samdahl