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Training for yourself

When I joined the official Dewa Sanzan shrine Yamabushi training a few years back I learned quite a lot.

For the shrine training, the sheer number of participants means it’s hard to keep tabs on everyone. I was quite shocked when I saw people smoking. I thought the training was supposed to be about training yourself, and that smoking would be banned.

Well, I kinda complained about that to a friend, who had done the training multiple times by then, and he said that’s because the training is for the individual, not the group. That was a bit of a mind shift change for me. I was expecting a lot of serious people, but it was more of a boy’s club. To each their own I guess.

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.


Sign up to the weekly Mountains of Wisdom newsletter, follow me on social (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Clubhouse, all @kiwiyamabushi), or send me an email via the link below to stay in touch.


Tim.

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