- Chujiro Hayashi
Born September 15, 1880
Died May 11, 1940(aged 59)
Cause of death Seppuku Nationality Japanese Occupation Physician Known for Reiki
Chujiro Hayashi (林 忠次郎 Hayashi Chūjirō , 15 September 1880 – 11 May 1940), a disciple of Mikao Usui, played a major role in the transmission of Reiki out of Japan and for turning it into a less mystical practice.
Hayashi was a naval physician, and employed Reiki to treat his patients. He began studying with Usui in 1925. The following year, he took over Usui's clinic after the master's death and moved it from Nakano, Tokyo to Shinano-machi. In 1930 and 1931, Hayashi made significant changes to Usui's system and renamed it Hayashi Reiki Kenkyu-kai.
Hayashi's system stressed physical healing and taught a more codified and simpler set of Reiki techniques, stressing manual treatment. Among Hayashi's contributions was a set of fixed hand positions to be used in the course of a treatment; Usui often preferred a more mystical means of diagnosing the patient's problem.
Hayashi initiated and trained Hawayo Takata and helped her bring Reiki to Hawaii. As some of the popular history of Reiki consists of Takata's fabrications, Hayashi is often considered to be Usui's chief disciple and the second Grand Master of Reiki history.
- ^ Lubeck, Petter, and Rand. The Spirit of Reiki Twin Lakes (WI): Lotus Press, 2001.
- Hayashi, Chujiro; Arjava Petter, Frank; Yamaguchi, Tadao. (2004). The Hayashi Reiki Manual: Japanese Healing Techniques from the Founder of the Western Reiki System. Dorset, England: Lotus Press. ISBN 0914955756.
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