You won’t die, so it will be alright
This may sound a bit morbid or scary, but a lot of the time during yamabushi training, you start to tell yourself ‘you won’t die, so it will be alright’. I think this is one of the important points in understanding uketamo, the Dewa Sanzan yamabushi philosophy of acceptance. You could probably compare this to ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’, which I do think is true, but there are a lot of things in life that we have to do that we might not like or want to do, but that won’t kill us, so it will be alright.
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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.
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