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We now know how Dr. Usui at the age of 34 during 1896 got “Tantra of the Lightning Flash” and initiated the system of Reiki. We also know how Lama Yeshe got “Tantra of the lightning Flash” in 1994 and initiated Medicine Dharma Reiki. This scripture was brought to Japan by Kukai from China. Kukai was born on 15 June 774 in an aristocratic family, Japan. Details about Kukai’s life were very exciting, interesting and delightful which were provided by Hakeda (1972). Although Kukai is known in Japan, few persons know Kukia outside Japan. Therefore, we wish to give brief information on this dynamic personality, and trace the relevant information on Reiki. Word Reiki will not be available in ancient literature as this was coined by Usui recently in the 20th century. His name has two entities Ku(sky) and Kai (sea) which are very vast, separate and yet conjoined. Kukai Knew Chinese and Sanskrit. Kukai at 15 was genius and studied Chinese poetry at great deal with his maternal uncle.

At 18, Kukai entered the college in the capital which was the highest educational institution. Enrolment was limited to sons of the ruling aristocratic families and curriculum was to recruit and train officials. He was interested in Buddhist Scriptures and to learn the ultimate Truth. For meditation he went alone to famous mountains, forests and lonely valleys. Kukai faced hardships in winter and clad himself in a cloth made of arrowroot fiber. At 20, he shaved his head and became a Buddhist. He was not happy with his college studies; therefore, he turned to Buddhism in search for higher spiritual values. During this time in Japan the gap between rich and poor was wide.

The public was exhausted by taxes, forced labor, and military conscription. Homeless people were everywhere; many unordained monks filled the country in order to escape taxation and forced labor. Buddhism was introduced into Japan during 552 from Koreg. The Buddhist temples were powerful and owned much land. Kukai did not like articles of luxury and was not happy to see cripple and beggars, and wanted to know what was the cause, so he renounced the world. The state (Japan) adopted Buddhism to prevent calamities, epidemics, control rains, and pray for the well-being of the souls of the dead.

Kukai left the college, gave up future bureaucrat job due to his inner voice and returned to nature. He was extensively travelling and even begging for food for survival. He expressed in his poems joy, vitality and Mystery of nature; he felt a close affinity between nature and man. Occasionally he returned to the world and studied intensively and had continued wide reading. During his early twenties he had been exposed to more than ninety books on Buddhism, Taoist Texts, Confucian Texts, Literary works and poetry.

At 24, he wrote Indications to show the superiority of Buddhism over confucianism and Taoism. Also informed that by becoming a Buddhist monk one can practice virtues, honesty and satisfy spiritual aspirations; man is capable of improving himself and can develop himself spiritually through awarness, self examination and stimulation from others.

Purpose to visit China.

Kukai wanted the highest in Buddhism. Kukai prayed  ardently before the image of Buddha. “Since being initiated into Buddhism, I have been eager to realize the essence of Buddhism”. Then, in a dream, a man appeared and said:” The Mahavairocana Sutra is the doctrine you have been searching for”. He obtained the sutra and read it through, only to find difficult passages which no teacher could interpret for him at that time. Therefore, he wished to visit China.

Vajrasattva personally received the teaching from Mahavairocana. Several centuries later transmitted to Nagarjuna who transmitted to Vajrabodhi. Mahavairocana Sutra required knowledge of Sanskrit, instruction on meditation, and other esoteric knowledge. This was the basic text of Esoteric Buddhism of seventh-century Indian Buddhism. This had been translated from Sanskrit into Chinese by an Indian master of Esoteric Budhism, Subhakarasimha in 726. Ten years later in 736, copy was made in Japan. Kukai requested permission from  government to travel to China, and intended to stay for 20 years. Kukai was selected in 804 at 31 and sailed to China.

Union with Master Hui-Kuo

There were 4 government ships and Kukai was on ship one with the envoy. Ships drifted apart due to storm and reached after one month. Two ships were wrecked. Voyage to China was difficult in 9th century. Chinese administration impounded the ship one for two months. However, the governor provided necessary comforts on receiving the letter from Kukai. Reached Chinese capital Chang-an six months after they left Japan. Chinese civilization was at its peak during 618-907. Chang-an was cultural center of China and Central and Eastern Asia. Chang-an had 91 Buddhist temples and 16 Taoist temples for monks and nuns. Temples were separate for monks and nuns.

There were 3 foreign temples, one for Christian and another for Zoroastrian and Manichaem. Moslems were increasing. Esoteric Buddhism was recently introduced from India which was popular in China. Kukai had written activities in Chang-an after his return from china in 806 and presented to Japanese Emperor Heizei. Kukai visited many Buddhist teachers. Kukai in 805 met master Hui-kuo, seventh Partriarch of Esoteric Buddhism in China who lived in Ch’ing-Lung Temple. Hui-Kuo had inherited Esoteric tradition from master Amonghavajra (Pu-K’ung). Esoteric Buddhist School was transmitted to china in 716 when an Indian master Subhakarasimha (637-735) came to China by invitation from the Chinese Emperor. Subhakarmasimla was honoured with the title of National Teacher. He along with I-hsing(683-727) translated Mahavairocaha Sutra.

Four years later in 720 another great master of Esoteric Buddhism, Vajrabodhi (670-741) arrived in Canton by sea. He undertook translation of Esoteric Buddhist texts. Pu-kung became the chosem disciple of Vajrabodhi. Pu-Kung was regarded greatest translator of Buddhist texts in China, and had served 3 Emperors; court activities stopped for 3 days when he died. Hui-Kuo was successor of Pu-Kung. Indian masters were able to travel by land and sea.

Kukai’s words for his master Hui-Kuo :

“As soon as he saw me he smiled with pleasure and joyfully said “I knew that you would come ! I have waited for such a long time. What pleasure it gives me to look upon you today at last ! My life is drawing to an end, and until you came here there was no one to whom I could transmit the teachings. Go without delay to the altar of abhiseka (initiation by sprinkling holy water) with incence and a flower”. I returned to the temple where I had been staying and got the things which were necessary far the ceremony. It was early in the sixth month then that I entered the altar of abhiseka for primary initiation”.

Hui-Kuo at 60 transmitted his whole teachings to Kukai. Within 3 months Kukai was permitted final abhiseka and ordained master of Esoteric Buddhism and became 8th Patriarch at the age of 32. In fact Hui-Kuo was the first chinese-7th Partriarch. Previous 6 were non Chinese.

Union of Hui-Kuo and Kukai is similar to Shri Ramakrishna Paramhans and Narendra (Swami Vivekanand). Tradition of transmitting knowledge at Ultimate Spiritual level is similar.

Parting words of Hui-Kuo to Kukai, “I urge you to take the mandals of both realms and the hundred volumes of the teachings of the Diamond vehicle, together with the ritual implements and these objects which were left to me by my master. Return to your country and propagate the teachings there. The work of copying the sutras and making the images has also been finished. Hasten back to your country and spread the teachings to increase the happiness of the people. Then the land will know peace, and people everywhere will be content. In that way you will return thanks to the Buddha and your teacher. Your task is to transmit then to the Eastern Land. Do your best! Do your best!” Hui-Kuo purified himself in a ritual bath, lay on his right side and, breathed his last on the night of full moon of 12th month in 805. Spiritual persons know their chronology and have peaceful transition at the chosen time. Great spiritual persons leave their physical human form, however, there souls help human beings for ever.

Esoteric Buddhist texts in Sanskrit were brought to china by Indian Masters in 8th century and chinese translations and copy of Sanskrit texts were taken to Japan by Kukai in 806. Kukai knew Chinese and Sanskrit, therefore, he had no difficulties in reading sutras in both languages. Later he and other masters had translated into Japanese. For our interest in Reiki, Kukai brought hundreds of texts along with “Tantra of the lightning Flash”.

This is apparent that Esoteric Buddhism was at its peak in India and China and later introduced to Japan by Kukai. Original works of Kukai are preserved in Japan. Kukai devoted his entire life to the propagation of Esoteric Buddhism in Japan and he even founded Shingon sect of Esoteric Buddhism in Japan. Kukai wrote about 50 religious books. His themes were to show superiority of Esoteric Buddhism over all other systems, and he assertained that by practicing Esoteric Buddhism one can attain   enlightenment here in this life. These themes were inherited from Hui-Kuo. In 830, five years before his death, he produced his most ambitious work The Ten stages of Development of mind which was simplified in The precious key to the Secret Treasury.

Under 10th stage Kukai wrote as under; “Alas! Men, unaware of the treasures they possess, regard their deluded state of madness to be the state of enlightenment. How foolish they are! The father’s compassion is penetrating; if it were not for these teachings, how could they be saved? If they refuse to take the medicines that have been offered, how can they be cured ? If they merely talk about them or recite them emptily, the King of Medicine (the Buddha) will certainly reprimand them for it”.

The reference ‘the king of medicine (the Buddha)’ was also given by Usui from ‘Tantra’. It seems that Kukai was familiar with “Tantra”.

Indications of the goals of the three teachings  (Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism) : Three guest speakers were Kimo for Confucianism, Kyobu for Taoism and Kamei-Kotsuji  (Medicant X) for Buddhism and one host. When Medicant X was describing the condition of Hell, Kimo, Kyobu and the host were filled with anguish and their hearts were about to burst with terror. They cried and rolled on the ground. Looking up, they appealed to heaven in their sorrow. They acted as if bereft of their parents or wives. One fainted out of dread and the other, out of grief. Thereupon, the medicant took up a jar and sprinkled water on their faces after he had purified it with a sacred formula. In a little while they recovered consciousness but, as they drugged, they spoke no words. Later they knelt on the ground with tears in their eyes, bowing low with reverence.

Kukai’s purified water with sacred formula is akin to Mizu-Hari (blessed and empowered water) of Usui and Lama Yeshe. Kukai Knew how to empower water and its powerful divine medicinal properties. Usui, Watanabe (Junior) and Lama Yeshe have used Mizu-Hari with great success. Lama Yeshe has empowered Shri Narayan and Paula Horan as MDR Masters for this work.

Precious key to the secret treasury:

Under 3rd stage Kukai stated, “A madman cannot cure his own madness until he meets a master of medicine. A precious gem is not precious until it is polished by a skilled artisan. The master of medicine and the skilled artisan are no other than my great teacher, the Lord Buddha”. Kukai knew diseases and how to cure and he attributed to the Lord Buddha.
Under 4th stage Kukai Stated, “How to cure a disease? In order to cure a physical disease three things are necessary: a physician, a book of medicine, and the medicine. If the sick man respects the physician, believes in his diagnosis, and with a sincere attitude takes the medicine, then his disease will quickly be cured. On the other hand, if he abuses the physician or distrusts his diagnosis and disregards the medicine, how can he expect to recover soon from his illness? So it is with the Tathagata’s curing of the diseases of peoples’ minds. The Buddha is the King of medicine; his teachings are the book of medicine and his guiding principles, the excellent medicines. To think in accordance with the principles given by the Buddha is like taking medicine. As the sick man can be cured by taking medicine according to the physician’s prescription, so a man can extinguish his sins and attain enlightenment”.

This description of physical and mind diseases sound most modern even after 1300 years. Book of medicine and the Buddha is the King of medicine refer to “ Tantra of the Lightning Flash”. Psychosomatic diseases of modern era are nothing but the diseases of peoples’ minds. Reiki was initiated from Buddha’s principles from “Tantra”, hence able to cure all kinds of sickness, sufferings and diseases of our modern era.

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