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Reiki is a holistic healing method founded in early 20th century Japan, and is currently popular in the west. Practitioners of Reiki believe the system is original and unique, though it is based on Esoteric Buddhist elements. My work focuses on the initiation rituals in Reiki traditions, claiming that these are modern versions of the kanjō, the Esoteric Buddhist initiation ritual. The continuity between the esoteric kanjō and the modern Reiki initiation, marks the latter as a unique version of kanjō which crosses oceans and cultures, and millions of Reiki practitioners all over the world as unknowingly breathing life into a thousand year old tradition of initiation.

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