“First the mind must be healed
Second, the body must be made sound.
If the mind is healthy, conforming to a path of integrity,
then the body becomes sturdy of its own accord”.
Mikao Usui (1865-1926)
Mikao Usui, the founder of Usui Reiki Ryoho, was a Jōdo-shū (浄土宗) or Pure Land School (sect) Japanese Buddhist lay practitioner born in August 15th of 1865. He attained spiritual enlightenment in March 1922 at the age of 57 while fasting and meditating on the 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 miraculously enhanced healing ability (as a godsend was bestowed upon him).
Usui Sensei thought that this wonderful gift of healing ability should be shared with people, not keeping it to himself and / or his family as it was the tradition. As a result, he created a system called Usui Reiki Ryoho and opened up “Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai” (Usui energy healing method association) at Aoyama, Tokyo in 1922, and began teaching classes and providing sessions.
In the Western countries, it’s been incorrectly said that Reiki healing method was rediscovered by Usui Sensei after researches in the Buddhist scriptures or that it is of ancient Tibetan or Egyptian origin. Usui Reiki Ryoho is an inspired healing art of Usui Sensei, not the outcome of research or discovery.
In 1925 Usui Sensei moved out 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 from local districts here and there like Hiroshima area, Saga, Kyushu and other Prefectures. On March 9, 1926, he passed away on the road (while traveling) at Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture.
Usui Sensei’s gravesite and his memorial stone are located at Saihoji Temple in Tokyo. Saihoji Temple is a Jōdo-shū (浄土宗) or “The Pure Land School” of Japanese Buddhism.
[In the West, Usui Sensei is said to be a Christian minister holding 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 from beginning to end a lay Buddhist.]
Information provided by Komyo ReikiDo with Hyakuten Inamoto permission.