Venerable Seiji Takamori
Seiji Takamori was born in the early 1900's (1907) and became a Zen Monk under Rev.Takeuchi when he was 19 years of age. After 5 years of training in Zen meditation he was introduced to Reiki by Rev. Takeuchi (who was a Reiki teacher trained by Dr. Hayashi). He received Reiki Training with Rev. Takeuchi for another 3 years. Rev. Takeuchi did not follow the system of Reiki as practised now (which is divided up into three levels). According to Rev. Takeuchi's way the initiate would receive attunements and these were not called "Reiki 1", but the "Beginning Stage of Training". Progress was monitored by the student's degree or intensity of energy transmission. This was tested by the teacher after the student had practised Reiki for a reasonable number of months. Seiji was required to provide healing to the village residents who supported the temple. After training for three years, Seiji was considered a master and empowered to teach.
Sketch of Venerable Seiji Takamori
Courtesy of Dr. Ranga Premaratna Ph.D.
Rev. Takeuchi had given a secret meditation to Venerable Seiji Takamori as part of the Reiki master training. This meditation was passed on by Dr. Usui to Dr. Hayashi and from Dr. Hayashi to Rev. Takeuchi. This meditation was given to Dr. Usui by a monk who advised Dr. Usui to practice meditation in order to receive energy empowerment he needed. This was thought to be the meditation Dr. Usui practised when he went to Mount Kurama.
After practising the Buddho meditation for some time Venerable Seiji Takamori had an unshakeable desire to leave Japan in search of the origin of this meditation. This was the beginning of a journey of exploration of healing art which led him to India, Nepal and Tibet. After spending a few years in yogic ashrams learning Hindi, Sanskrit and later Tibetan, he embarked on a journey into the Himalayas in search of monks who might teach him healing and meditation. He encountered recluse monks who knew the meditation and various healing methods using the power of the mind. Venerable Seiji Takamori spent 20 years in India, Nepal and Tibet, the last seven years in the mountains of Nepal with one teacher who knew the complete healing method. This method is now called Buddho-EnerSense© and is thought to be a parallel teaching on healing and spiritual discipline healing from the Buddha which relate to the origins of Reiki as developed by Mikao Usui and his students.
NB. It is now known that the Buddhist lineage in which Venerable Takamori studied in Nepal was also present in Japan in Dr. Usui's times. Branches of this tradition were also present in Tibet, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Sri Lanka.
After leaving India, Venerable Seiji Takamori travelled throughout the world teaching meditation and practising healing. In the early part of the 1970's he visited the United States and Hawaii. He had heard about Hawayo Takata and wanted to meet her as he thought she was the only living Reiki teacher trained by Dr. Hayashi still living. During a short visit, Seiji wanted to experience a Reiki transmission from Mrs. Takata, and in exchange for services (possibly meditation instructions or empowerment) requested by Mrs. Takata, Venerable Seiji Takamori was given the Master attunement in order that he experienced the highest level of energy that could be transmitted by her. This was not considered a training, but only a mutual exchange of energy to appreciate each others connection to Dr. Usui and Hayashi.
Dr. Ranga Premaratna Ph.D.
Venerable Seiji Takamori left the U.S. and travelled in Asia, and returned to the U.S.A. in the early 1990's. Dr. Ranga J. Premaratna met him in Madison, Wisconsin and received intensive training in meditation and Reiki, and the complete training in the Buddho-EnerSense© system of healing. Ranga was fully empowered to teach, for Seiji believed it was time that this Buddhist method should be revealed to the world as there would be adequate number of people ready to receive the teaching. He said that Reiki energy has made many ready and open to receive this method which involved further development of the mind and body for deeper healing.
Adapted from notes provided by Ranga J. Premaratna
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