For an up to date translation of the original Usui Gainen
(also known as the Usui Concepts or precepts or principles)
please visit my Usui Gainen page.
I've had this web page available at my Threshold Reiki Class Pages for many years now. Recently I decided to share it at my open web pages so others could enjoy it.
For those wishing to pronounce Japanese words, the Usui Gainen is a good place to begin. I asked Reiki Shihan Emiko Arai and Reiki Shihan Katsuko Kiuchi to help me record each of them saying the concepts, first at a normal speed, and then at a much slower speed for someone learning Japanese.
I'm sure you are aware, in almost every
country, languages are often spoken in different dialects, depending on
the area of the country. And so it is the same in Japan.
and Katsuko-san are from 2 different areas of Japan. I thought it
might be interesting for you to listen to both of their pronunciations
of the Gainen. Note that the recordings for Katsuko-san
were set a little louder by mistake. I apologize for any inconvenience.
For information on pronouncing Romaji words and phrases, please search the Internet as there are many excellent web sites that explain this.
note, one part of the MP3 sound files presented is a slightly older
version of the Gainen, from before I learned of some corrections in
pronunciation made by Usui Sensei's
last living student, Tenon-in. According to the late Tenon-in,
the Gainen are reading mostly with the Chinese On readings, as opposed
current day Japanese Kun readings(see the image at the end of the Usui Gainen article). I did manage to get Katsuko to record the change but you can still hear the previous version with Emiko's recording.) (Emiko's version uses the
phrase "Asa yuu gassho shite kokoro ni neji"
instead of the more correct one "Chou seki
gassho shite kokoro ni nenji" in Katsuko-san's version)
I hope you enjoy our contribution to your Reiki and Japanese education.
PS: For more Japanese Reiki words and their pronunciations, please visit my Threshold Reiki Audio Glossary page.
NOTE: The Japanese characters on this page will be displayed if you have a Japanese font on your computer. The actual font I used for these characters is called Hoso Mincho. Please click here to learn how to access and install this font.
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