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Sneaky Reiki: Why Has Japan Been So Successful In Modern Times?

[3-31-2011 I’m aware of the Fukushima disaster, and it doesn’t refute this article, because there are corrupt corporations everywhere who ignore doing good, I’m talking about Japan’s recent superficial improvement in the decades since WWII in this article]

I wondered last year, I think last year, why Japan was very successful despite it’s high suicide rate, wide spread sexual immorality and nonsensical Buddhist teachings (the last two contribute to it’s suicide problems obviously), and while studying what I thought were or might have been teachings of Buddha, called “The Five Precepts” or “The Five Principles” were actually a either deliberately distorted modern invention which were originally called “Concepts” by the Buddhist monk named Mikao Usui “came up” with them, or an obscure set of rules from the 9th century from an obscure sect of Buddhists. I’ve read that these rules (the mistranslated version) is taught by all Buddhist monasteries to the monks and nuns and lay persons. Someone, I don’t know who, mistranslated them so that they were similar to some of the ten commandments. The man who wrote them down, seemed to be teaching them around 1922, which is a long time after Christians and the partial Christians called “Catholics” began teaching the 10 commandments to the Japanese. The original “Concepts” were merely three concepts, with one not meaning what it seems to say:

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The First Concept: Today only [as in today for you]: Anger not. Worry not [which a student of Usui’s, Dave King, implies wasn’t literal, but that, “To not worry is itself worry!” which is an obvious contradiction].

The Second Concept:

Do your work with appreciation.

The Third Concept:

Be kind to people.

The mistranslated versions widely taught by Buddhists are:


1. Do not kill
2. Do not steal
3. Do not indulge in sexual misconduct
4. Do not make false speech
5. Do not take intoxicants

or


1. I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
2. I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
3. I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.
4. I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
5. I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.

And as evidence that they were modified to enhance Buddhism by making it more Christian-like and to more easily convert Christians (and those holding to some Mosaic/Christian laws) to Buddhism or at least make it more acceptable to them, was that the female BuddhistHawayo Takata added “Honour your parents” to the end, and her lie spread.

And from these some Buddhists have expanded on by adding a few strange rules to, making an eight precept version:

3. I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual activity.
6. I undertake the precept to refrain from eating at the forbidden time (i.e., after
noon).
7. I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see
entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body
with cosmetics.
8. I undertake the precept to refrain from lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place.

And there is also a 10 precept version which splits rule 7 into two rules:

7. I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see
entertainments.
8. I undertake the precept to refrain from wearing garlands, using perfumes, and
beautifying the body with cosmetics.
10. I undertake the precept to refrain from accepting gold and silver (money).

It is because of the Christian-like rules, the ones compatible with the Bible, that Japan, which is about half Buddhist, has been able to prosper so greatly.

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Someone has speculated out for years that the Shinto religion has similarities to the Old Covenant religion (Old Testament laws), but sadly, it doesn’t appear that ten commandments had any influence on it.

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  1. Sumane Rathnasuriya
    August 12, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Dear Daniel,
    Thank you for your effort to define and explain Christianity for all who should care for peace among humanity,when it’s most needed.

    I was born a Buddhist but developed to be a free thinker & hence have a mindset to look into any guidance, in good faith and refine my understanding, for which I have much in your site to appreciate.

    I also trust that all religions have come to the world because of ‘men’ who cared to find the truth, utter the truth & nothing but the truth. What we have today are religions subsequently ‘contaminated’ by influential followers, including rulers & those appointed/made their way to be guardians of the religions. Almost all religious scriptures are centuries younger to their origins & have necessarily been When there had been equally influential counter interpreters different sects apparently come into being. This is common to all religions, which have become ‘different’ from one to another from the common object, because of the times and ways of life among the followers. Well that’s what I believe so far and the point I wish to raise here is that your effort is all the more important because of ways of life are becoming closer to each other and is in intermingling state as of now. If the powerful vicious and the vile do not (though it’s all set to) come up, the world communities will have to understand differences and become compatible with each other.

    Also in my belief, God in other religions and Dahmma in Buddhism ‘interpret’ the ‘All Powerful Nature’.

    Whatever, it’s my conviction but my effort here is to ‘explain’ the ‘prevailing circumstances’ of observance of the precepts of Buddhism, which I know by being made to study & observe the first two stages, as given hereunder:

    * The 5 precepts are for all laymen to ‘practice’ in achieving peaceful living (whether said daily or just once (some Buddhists utter it many times a day, which in my opinion is non-essential, unless for ones who are weak at determination)

    * It is when one ‘decides’ to devote more to worldly greeds & lusts he would advance to observing the 8 precepts. There he (means for ‘she’ as well) would so observe the higher precepts & devote himself for a limited period of time, usually 24 hrs. Since it is determination, devotion and observance concerned, he ‘opts’ to ‘give up’ the worldly pleasures for that limited period, the extra precepts (not for life).

    * The 10 precepts are for those who wish to indulge in such devotion for longer periods but still may not be total devotion for life.

    All above precepts are for lay people and for practice in living without physical & mental harm for self and other beings of all in equilibrium, (which when seriously goes off balance, ‘results’ in ‘Kamma’ that is interpreted as the wrath of Nature. =’Kamma’ may be of either stead as results of bad doings would be bad, the results of good deeds would be good)

    As history says more of wars, unrest etc. the true livings of harmless people are depicted rarely, they too of the powerful but there are evidence of ordinary men & women living in perfect harmony, living long in their communities being harmless to others & self as well.-Sumane

  2. Sumane Rathnasuriya
    August 13, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    CORRECTION

    * It is when one ‘decides’ to devote more to worldly greeds & lusts he would advance to observing the 8 precepts. There he (means for ‘she’ as well) would so observe the higher precepts & ….

    should read as;
    * It is when one ‘decides’ to devote to be away more from worldly greeds & lusts he would advance to observing the 8 precepts. There he (means for ‘she’ as well) would so observe the higher precepts & ….

  3. Juan Mendez
    August 15, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    staying in Japan three weeks with my then girlfriend, make me realized something else, his father was very successful at his business, and his family was part of it. Japanese people are not conformists, and they are very perfectionists. They have a culture of being well detailed about how you relate to others through their manners, and approach to speak. They subordinate to their parents, elders, teachers, and bosses. They study and work harder than you can think, just hop on a train at 8 in the evening, and it will be rush hour. They care for their behavior towards others for example they wear masks to cover their mouth and noses, i thought is there a virus going on? my gf told me, they might be having a cold, and care for others not to end up catching it. One more thing, they are very practical, and try to make their lives very easy going, in some ways, i believe they are devoted to be minimalists.

    • August 15, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      To say that none of them are conformists is not possibly true, because without following the lead of someone else there would be chaos everywhere. It’s a fact that the government also allows the absurdity of people in vehicles blasting propaganda in traffic, which is that the Japanese did not rape the Chinese or experiment on them with bacteria. There is also an ongoing problem, decades old, in which bullying is allowed in schools, even among little children, and covered up when it happens, and when a LITTLE child commits suicide from having been bullied, sometimes the parents are then bullied so that they will stay silent about the abuse, by the parents of the bullies! So, Japan is not even close to perfect.

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