Kuji-In is a Secretive Practice
Kuji-in teachers may be hard to find. It’s a matter of the right student/right teacher, and the right teacher/right student—sacred reciprocity.
The Kuji-In, also known as the Nine Hand Seals refers to a system of mudras and associated mantras that consist of nine syllables. The mantras are referred to as Kuji-in, which literally translates as nine characters. The syllables used in Kuji-in are numerous, especially within Japanese esoteric Mikkyo.
It’s been stated that Kuji-in is of a Taoist origin, not Buddhist. It’s found extensively in Shugendo, the Ascentic Mountain tradition of Japan, and Shinto which is the result of blending Shingon Buddism and Shinto.
Legend has it that it was transmitted from India to Japan from a mountain ascetic to a Samurai. The Samurai had lost a battle and instead of committing Hari Kari, he fled to the mountains. He shared his fighting prowess with the ascetic and the Kuji was passed to the samurai. the samurai, now disgraced, came down from the mountain, entered a ninja village, and offered to share the Kuji with them in exchange for safekeeping in the village and allowing him to become a ninja. The ninja agreed.
Other stories state that Kuji came from China into Japan or from Korea.
With this knowledge of Kuji-in and the super natural abilities it create and manifests, the ninja now had the upper hand on the Samurai of Japan.
The Kuji include secret prayers and invocations. Much of a Kuji-in still remains secret.
Shugendo is said to have much influence on Kuj-in, the mudras may be a Shugendo origin. Most information about the Kuji-in comes from Shugendo literature.
Taoist influence put great importance on teh number nine. So did astrology and the nine planets.
A variation of an invocation which was created by lending lineages translates to, “We avert difficulties and negative influences by invoking warrior spirits to ensure safety. Guardian, descend and arrange yourselves in front of us! May all evil vanish.”
Kuji-in can be modified and has been to great effect. The different lineages and blending of lineages have created various and multiple forms. Some variations are simpler and some increasingly complex.
Jpanaese esoteric Buddhism uses a sanmitsu (three mysteries practice) and its integrated practices. The Rubik’s cube of Kuji!
Even East Asian folk magic has its form of Kuji-in.
In one of its simplest forms, Kuji-in can consist of making an offering, which could be sage, teat, incense, etc. Reciting Kuji-in syllables with palms together at heart level while remaining in sacred space.
A basic premise of Kuji-in is that the Universe is United against evil. Therefore, it is very often invoked for protection. Protection from violence, crime, assault, negative influences, and anything you invoke it to do for you.
There are nine sets of Kuji-in. One version consists of five parts to each set. These parts include a mantra, mudra, mandala (focus point), philosophy, and mystical powers.
The sets are planet influenced:
- Rin (Come) Moon Descending South
- To (Fight) Jupiter
- Kai (Ready) Moon Ascending North
- Retsu (Line Up) Full Moon
- Zen (In Front) Mercury
- Pyo (Warriors) Sun
- Sha (One) Mars
- Jin (Formation) Saturn
- Zai (Take Position) Venus
There are also dieties associated with each Kuji-in and they differ depending on lineage.
The Ninjutsu lineage of Kuji-in is steeped in esoteric Buddhist beliefs, especially Mikkyo. The Kuji-in is used in their meditations both for spiritual uses and martial arts.
In Steven Hays book Warriors Way of Enlightenment, he states the following interpretations:
- Rin – Strength
- Pyo – Channel
- To – Harmony
- Sha – Healing
- Kai- -Sense of Danger
- Jin – Reading of Thoughts
- Retsu – Control of Space and Time
- Zai – Control of Sky and Elements
- Zen – Enlightenment
Like other energy practices, Kuji-in incorporates breathing exercises.
One of the energy moving breathing exercises involves intentional focus on the chakras.
While breathing in from the nose and out through the mouth, while filling the belly visualize energy moving from your nose to the third eye up to your crown around the back of your head, throat, to your heart center, solar plexus, dan tian (located deep behind your belly button), down to your sacral area and then your base chakra at the bottom of your torso and back up.
Another breathing exercise reverses the flow of energy, in the nose, to the throat and continuing in the opposite direction as before.
Most effective practice of building up chi before energy practices involves visualizing a bright golden light exerting your crown as you breathe and storing it in your dan tian. Do this breath three, six, or nine times. Nine times or more is optimum. Visualize that golden light building up in your dan tian as you breathe.
After you accomplish this, visualize that golden light coming up through the ground and up into your dan tian. The key to this exercise is the concentrated intention of chi building in your dan tian.
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