No one can master nature
No one can master nature. The Yamabushi knew this millennia ago.
The term ‘teaching’ is a loaded one because it assumes the teacher has achieved some form of mastery over a subject. Like students, teachers need to also see themselves as being on a journey of learning.
The job of the teacher is to set up the ultimate environment for learners to learn. In this regard, teachers have the same job as a Yamabushi. Yamabushi are not the teacher. They are not the fountain of knowledge some have been led to believe.
Nature is the ultimate environment for learning. Nature is the teacher. Yamabushi simply guide people into nature, and simply give people the opportunity to learn from her.
Think about it the other way. To be able to teach something means you have some form of mastery over the subject. No one can master nature.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.
I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.
On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.
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