The Kuji-Goshin Ho
The preceptors of Togakure Ryu traditions, such as Hatsumi and Hayes, have enunciated that the functional fundamentals of the Kuji-goshin Ho are related to the notion that the human body includes a subtle energy system consisting of various meridians and reservoirs, which one can learn to intentionally channel (direct) for specific purposes. Hayes states in his writings that the mudras (hand seals) of the Kuji-Goshin Ho work in tandem with an undisclosed cognitive exercise to manipulate the energy meridians of the body. He claims that the human energy meridians have “sensitive ends and turnaround points” in the hands and feet, hence the reason mudras are a part of the ritual.
The source Hayes explicitly cites for this particular philosophy is the ‘Doctrine of Mikkyo’, a secret doctrine which effuses from Shingon Buddhism propagated through Japanese society by Kobo Daishi (a.k.a. the monk Kukai).
Since we have already established the existence of psychic capacities (see Part 1), what we need to factually establish now, in the validation of the “psychic shinobi” thesis, consists of two things:
- Are energy meridians real and related to psychic functioning?
- Do practices of Shingon Buddhism really accentuate the flow of energy through these meridians?
Starting first with energy meridians, we can confidently assert that they do exist and are currently being studied under the rigor of modern science. In December of 2013, the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies published an article titled:
The Primo Vascular System as a New Anatomical System
Just what is this Primo Vascular System? The article declares the following:
“The PVS is a previously unknown system that integrates the features of the cardiovascular, nervous, immune, and hormonal systems. It also provides a physical substrate for the acupuncture points and meridians.”
Yes. As history would have it, Chinese medicine is replete with references to such points which, if stimulated in correct sequence and combination, are known to effectively alleviate, eliminate, and prevent disease through harmonizing the flow of the body’s “Qi”.
So half of the first item of thesis verification can be knocked off the list – energy meridians do exist and are being actively studied by modern scientists. As for the subtle energy known as “Qi” (Ki :Japanese), it has been well-established by a slew of authors and researchers that it is real as well.
But do any of the practices of Shingon Buddhism accentuate the flow of energy through these meridians and if so, does it thereby result in heightened perceptions or ESP?
We will continue this discussion in Part 3.
“The ultimate objective of the teachings of Shingon Buddhism is ‘to excel in skillful means,’ as explained in the Mahavairocana Sutra. The manner by which we pursue our lives, the way in which we relate to people, in other words, our own actions in life are to be regarded with utmost importance.”