MOUNTAINS OF WISDOM
Kia ora Koutou, Tim Bunting the Kiwi Yamabushi here bringing you key concepts, life advice, and hiking guides from the Japanese mountains.
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WHAT IS A YAMABUSHI?
In short, yamabushi are the mountain dwellers of Japan. Since ancient times, yamabushi have practiced the Shugendo, the way (do) of attaining divine natural powers (gen) through ascetic practices (shu). Otherwise known as Shugenja, ‘those who practice Shugendo’, the word yamabushi comes from Yama (山) meaning mountain, and fushi or fuseru (伏せる), meaning to promulgate, or to be on all fours. This is because yamabushi are often found crawling all over the mountains during Shugyo ascetic training.
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By becoming a yamabushi, I have learned what it means to appreciate nature, and through this appreciation I feel Ikigai, which I define as the desire to live well. It is my wish for those around the world who are struggling to have the chance to learn from my experience, to perhaps join yamabushi training (it’s not a requirement, but it definitely helps), and to discover Ikigai for themselves.
I have written a blog post every day since the start of 2019 about becoming a yamabushi, my yamabushi philosophy, and creativity. My blog can be found here.
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Sakata City, Yamagata, Japan
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