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Tim Bunting AKA KiwiYamabushi playing the Horagai Conch on Mt. Kinbo during the winter. Photo by David Lips

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There’s nothing you can do until the conch is blown, so you might as well sleep

During Yamabushi training we have no way of telling the exact time. We aren’t allowed watches, and of course no cellphones, so when it comes to waking up on time, that’s when the conch comes into play.

For some people, especially those used to following busy schedules, not knowing what the time is is its own form of hell. I’ve even heard people say not knowing the time was the hardest part of training for them, so much so that they nervously wait for the conch to wake them up, and they lose a whole lot of sleep over it.

It takes a bit of getting used to at first, but nervously waiting is a fool’s game. There’s nothing you can do until the conch is blown. If you trust in your ability to get ready quickly once the conch is blown, which everyone should be able to do, then you have nothing to worry about, and you might as well sleep.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

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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Tim.

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