© 2003-5 James Deacon
[Updated Jan 2007]
Reiki Principles, according to Hyakuten Inamoto
Do not anger
Do not worry
With gratitude work diligently
Be kind to others
Hyakuten Inamoto, an 'independent' Buddhist priest, studied Reiki
with the late Chiyoko Yamaguchi - a student of Chujiro Hayashi
and teacher of Jikiden Reiki.
the time, Chiyoko Yamaguchi's Reiki teaching was oral in nature, so Inamoto-san created
a manual/workbook for his own students, and modified elements
of Mrs Yamaguchi's teachings to reflect his own personal understanding of
(and approach to) Reiki.
also incorporated various Buddhist concepts, terms and practices,
as well as some elements probably drawn from Hiroshi Doi's Gendai Reiki
Inamoto-san named his system Komyo Reiki.
Reiki places emphasis on personal spiritual transformation or
Satori - through Reiki practice. (Inamoto-san teaches that
Usui-sensei intended his system to be a path to enlightenment)
is taught in four levels: (1) Shoden, (2) Chuden, (3) Okuden &
(4) Shinpiden (Teacher level). An all-enclusive weekend workshop
is also available (existing Reiki masters only).
focus of the first two levels is on the therapeutic aspect of
Reiki, while the third and fourth levels have a more spiritual
level is not considered an 'advancement' on the previous, but
rather each level simply has a specific element of the overall
teaching to convey.
1 is concerned with self-healing. Training covers the basic history
and knowledge of Reiki and basic hands-on healing techniques for
self and others, and includes 4 reiju attunements. It has
been taught over a four-week period, or as two, 3-hour classes
Level 2 is concerned with self-healing and also with healing others.
Training covers the first three shirushi (symbols) and
their jumon (mantras) and how to use them; also includes
4 reiju attunements. Training is a single 4-hour class
3 introduces the student to the more spiritual aspects of Komyo,
e.g. putting the Reiki principles into action in your daily living;
and covers the fourth shirushi (symbol) and jumon
(mantra) and how to use it.
2 reiju attunements are given at this level. Training is
a 4 - 5 hour class (or occasionally, this might be presented over
4 covers attunements/reiju and how to pass them to others, as
well as teaching the three mudra practices:
jo sango, renge bu sanmaya, and butsu bu sanmaya
- which are used in the Komyo Reiki attunement/reiju process.
Komyo Reiki teaches three different types of reiju, each for use
in different situations 
are slight differences in the forms of the first three
symbols, as used in Komyo Reiki, compared to those commonly taught
in western-style Reiki.
There are further differences concerning the symbol-names and
jumon. [For example, the second syllable of HSZSN is pronounced ja,
rather than sha].
Hatsurei ho is an central element of Komyo Reiki - as is the
Buddhist contemplative breathing practice: anapanasati,
and there is a definite emphasis on the philosophical aspects
Inamoto-san also emphasises the importance of daily gassho
meditation on the Reiki Principles, and holds that this, along
with daily use of Reiki therapeutic practice itself, will raise
energy levels and deepen the practitioner's connection to Reiki,
bringing greater peace, balance and centeredness to their lives
Great significance is also placed on 'being in the moment' and
trusting in Reiki, no matter what particular technique or self-developmental
texercise we are practicing
The Komyo Reiki Kai (Association) has the motto: "Go placidly
in the midst of praise or blame"
three also comprise part of the esoteric Buddhist goshimbo
('five-fold protection method')
a 'full' version,
a 'condensed' or 'compressed' version, and an 'open' or 'temporary'
version. This latter reiju (which is very simple and does not
use symbols) may be given to non-Reiki practitioners. It does
not permanently awaken the Reiki ability. Amongst other things
it imparts therapeutic benefit to the individual, however the
effects of this particular reiju will, in time, wear off.
Is it not clear as to the exact sources of some elements
Inamoto-san has incorporated into Komyo which do not come from
Yamaguchi's Reiki. Inamoto-san has no doubt been
influenced by some of Hiroshi Doi ideas; and the 'open reiju',
for example, seems to be based on William Rand's temporary 'healing
Also, Komyo's 4-level format is very reminiscent of the 4-level
- 1, 2, (3)ART, (3a)Master - format of teaching used by many 'independent'
western Reiki Teachers.