Kodawari Hombu Dojo
Dragon Spirit School
The meiso-ho (or meditation methods – 瞑想法) taught by the Kodawari Hombu Dojo (こだわり本部道場) follow, primarily, the Taoist water method (水法修道 – shui fa xiu dao). Speaking very broadly, the water traditions refer to the collection of much older esoteric traditions of Daoism. The origin of the water traditions pre-date the later larger impact of the fire methods (huo fa – 火法) brought about by the spread of Buddhism (Fojiao – 佛教) in China.
A much larger and longer article is forthcoming that goes into a much greater level of detail between fire and water methods as well as the differences between qigong (气功) or kiko (気功) energy work and neigong (內功) or naiko (内功) inner work. It is very important to be able to distinguish the difference between the two traditions since it can save you time in your studies and avoid potentially dangerous or damaging practices before your body (and mind) is prepared for them.
Like most of the more esoteric traditions of the Eastern cultures, New Age and self-help gurus (in both the East and the West) have appropriated the teachings and through either ignorance (misunderstanding) or outright fraud, presented techniques and information that range from totally worthless wastes of time to dangerous (in terms of mental and physical health).
Put as simply as possible, the Ryusei-ha Meiso-ho (龍精派瞑想法 – Dragon Spirit School of Meditation Methods) techniques taught by the Kodawari Hombu Dojo are designed to quiet the “default network mode” of the brain. Once that is done, they will then systematically aide you in “releasing” everything inside of you that prevents you from reaching your human potential and from experiencing the life you really want to live.
The Ryusei-ha Meiso-ho techniques are non-religious and are generally broken down into three (3) levels of learning:
- Preparatory Meditation Practices
- Introductory Meditation Practices
- Advanced Meditation Practices
Preparatory (準備瞑想法 – Junbi meisō-hō) and Beginning Meditation Methods (瞑想法を始める – Meisō-hō o hajimeru) include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Correct postural alignments while sitting, standing and moving
- Becoming present to your whole body (what some call “mindfulness”)
- Taoist whole-body breathing techniques
- The development of focus, awareness and the ability to concentrate
- Generating a deep layer of relaxation
- Learning the Outer Dissolving process
- The releasing of base negative emotions and restoring natural emotional well-being
Advanced Meditation Methods (高度な瞑想法 – kodona meiso-ho) include (but are not limited to) the following:
- The resolution of deep emotional and mental issues within yourself
- The development of higher level emotions such as [true] kindness and compassion
- Entering into a profound state of “Emptiness” (this is often called “Enlightenment” in the West)
By developing the Preparatory and Beginning levels of meditation, you create the possibility (with no obligation) to develop the Advanced level of meditation. To develop the Advanced level, there is an absolute prerequisite to develop the Preparatory and Beginning levels.
Ishi no ue nimo san nen
Three years on a rock