Esoteric Buddhism is a complete and essential system of human evolution, and the Grace of the Three Mysteries is an effective method for focusing and sharpening brain functioning. The more you realize how powerful is the effect of the Grace of the Three Mysteries, the more you begin to want to learn and master the technique. It is possible to train independently, using techniques from esoteric Buddhism such as mudras, mantras, and meditation on the Buddha. But I was reluctant to try to introduce OM qigong as a qigong method. I once taught some qi friends certain esoteric mantras. The whole experience fell rather flat, as they weren't particulary interested in learning mantras, and I wasn't so keen on teaching them either. This only confirmed my suspicion that training with a religious orientation would not be easily accepted by people in the modern world. Modern people, I thought, would want something they could understand with their reason, not just with their spirit. I wanted to find a different training method, suited to this culture and this age. At first I thought I would try the Chinese method "Liu-Zi-Que" ("Six-letter method") a qigong practice which involves uttering six Chinese characters. I did find a teacher who had been trained in this method in China. But the letters need to be pronounced in Chinese, which I thought could be a stumbling-block to non-native Chinese speakers. After a good deal of searching, I discovered the Tenshin-goso of Shintaido. When I had been studying Karate quite a few years ago, a friend who was then practicing Shintaido taught me some of that tradition's mysteries. Today I realize how beneficial this discipline is as qi training, but I was not aware of its effects at that time, and after a while stopped practicing the things he taught me. Then, several years ago, I met Hiroyuki Aoki, the founder of Shintaido. In the Tenshin-goso exercise, which he originally created on the basis of his experience in the martial arts, one utters the five vowels, a-e-i-o-u (pronounced ah, eh, ii, oh, oo), bringing both hands straight down with each utterance in a "Karate blow" that strikes the air.
By combining the Tenshin-goso with Kukai's method, I developed what I call "OM qigong." This adaptation of the ancient method now means that anyone can practice the Grace of Three Mysteries without needing to overcome psychological resistance.
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