Mark Hosak – Curriculum Vitae
Mark Hosak – University training and qualifications
1994-2003: Student of the University of Heidelberg, 1. Major: East Asian Art History; 2. Major: Japanese Studies – 2003 Master with a grade one.
1996-1999: Research Student (kenkyûsei研究生) Kyoto University (Daigaku Kyôto京都大学) with Prof. Sasaki about rituals of healing in Esoteric Buddhism in the context of architecture and art
2003-2015 PhD student at the University of Heidelberg in East Asian art history and Japanese studies on the topic „The Siddham in Japanese art in rituals of healing“ – March 2015 Promotion with the grade magna cum laude (1.0)
Mark Hosak – Scholarships and Awards
Year DAAD scholarship for Japan with the research topic „The interaction between rituals and Buddhist architecture“
Scholarship from the Rotary Club to extend the stay in Japan and deepen research
1998 Special Prize (Tokubetsushô特別賞) by the „Japanese speech contest for foreigners living in Japan“ in Kyoto
Summer of 2000, Honor Prize (Yûshûshô優秀賞) at the „International Speech Contest Japanese for Europe“ in Cologne
Autumn 2000 appointment as honorary police officer at the Criminal Investigation Department in connection with the Heidelberg Heidelberg Kumamoto week
2003-2005 Seckel Scholarship to research for the dissertation
Training in the field of personality and art of healing
1993 Attunement in the 1st and 2nd degree Usui Reiki by Sigrid Fuhrmann; 2015 Training as a Reiki master by Joan Piquer
1995-1998 study, asceticism and retreats in Buddhist monasteries in Japan
1996-1999 study of Japanese healing techniques such as shiatsu and other massage methods in Japan
2001-2015 Advanced training in Reiki, meditation and shamanism
2005-2006 Advanced Metaphysical Healing: spine straightening with repatriations – to include Master Instructor with Duff Cady
1995-1999 Study of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy with the Zen monk Hoon Kennmyo in Germany and Japan
Martial Arts Master training with Grandmaster Taguchi Ryuryu in Osaka in Kenjutsu, Bojutsu and Ninjutsu
Japanese language courses in middle and high school at the Kyoto International Center
Summer 1997 and 1998 Buddhist pilgrimage on foot (about 1500 km)
The seven secret Reiki techniques (published in February 2007, Windpferd Publishing)
Shamanic healing drums (2009, Windpferd Publishing)
„The Master Symbol“ in: Doerr, F., (2007) The Reiki Master Book – ways to Reiki Mastership Windpferd Aitrang….
„The memorial stone for Mikao Usui – Part 1“ in: Reiki Magazine, Issue 1/2014.
„The memorial stone for Mikao Usui – Part 2“ in: Reiki Magazine, Issue 2/2014.
„The memorial stone for Mikao Usui – Part 3“ in: Reiki Magazine, Issue 3/2014.
„The memorial stone for Mikao Usui – Part 4“ in: Reiki Magazine, Issue 4/2014.
„The memorial stone for Mikao Usui – Part 5“ in: Reiki Magazine, Issue 1/2015.
„New research on the Reiki precepts” of Mikao Usui“ in: Reiki magazine, issue 4/2012.
„New research on the Reiki precepts“ in: Reiki Magazine, Issue 1/2013.
„New research on the Reiki precepts” of Mikao Usui – Part 3“ in: Reiki Magazine, Issue 2/2013.
„New research on the Reiki precepts – Part 4“ in: Reiki Magazine, Issue 3/2013.
„New research on the Reiki precepts – Part 5“ in: Reiki Magazine, Issue 4/2013.
„Mystical Journey to the Kurama Mountain“ in: Reiki Magazine – Special Issue – Mikao Usui – life and work – the 150th anniversary of Mikao Usui (published 2015 Olivers Publishing)
Mark Hosak – Professional activity fields
Worked in healing and personal development
Head of Reiki-Do Institute Rhein-Neckar – Shingon Reiki Institute Mark Hosak
Seminar leader for the areas: Reiki, Shamanism, Meditation, magic and martial arts
Head of Training for the following courses:
Shingon Reiki master and teacher
Shamanic healer and ritual master
Clearing and reincarnation therapist
Buddhist spiritual healing and meditation master
Spiritual Warriors in Ninjutsu
Seminar leader in Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Japan and Korea
Private and group-oriented coaching
Holistic Counseling for professional, partnership and health
Feng Shui consultation
Mark Hosak – Activities in areas of Japanese, language and culture
1997-1999 German and English teacher at the Dôshisha- University in Kyoto for library employees
1999-2001 city guide for Heidelberg and Frankfurt and Airport Assistant in Japanese and English
2000 interpreter in the „Heidelberg-Kumamoto-week“ for the CID Heidelberg under the sister city relationships to Kumamoto in Japan
2002 Interpreters and Culture Guide in the „Heidelberg-week in Kumamoto“, Japan with Mayor Beate Weber and CID Heidelberg under the sister city relationships to Kumamoto in Japan
2003 Coaching in „dealing with Japanese business customers“ in the Takata-Petri AG in Aschaffenburg
2004 interpreter and tour guide for Japanese in Germany
2005 interpreter for Dometic at the factory in Siegen and Seitz at the factory in Krautheim
2005 interpreter for Dethleffs at the factory in Isny
2005 interpreter in Rothenburg and Würzburg in the field of urban history and art
Translations Japanese-German / German-Japanese
technical texts for navigation devices
Data and surveys of market research institutes
Buddhist texts and sûtras
Japanese naturopathy and nutritional supplements
2006 Market research interviews for BMW Japan in Tokyo
Seminars to promote international understanding with East Asian cultures
Seminars on Japanese manners
Mark Hosak – Martial arts training
1985-1991 Karate Personal Training at Japanese karate masters in Japanese boarding school to Bremen and in Japan; Styles: Gojû Ryû, WadôRyû, Kyokushinkai
1990 Jiu Jitsu and Ju Jutsu
1991-1993 Bujinkan Ninpô Taijutsu Training with Bryan Mc Carthy
1993-1996 training in Aikidô in Germany and Japan
1993-1995 Wing Tsun Training in Bremen and Heidelberg
Since 1994, Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in Germany and in Japan with Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi
Since 1996 Samurai and ninjutsu -Training with Grandmaster Taguchi Ryuryu in Osaka
2006 Advanced training in Sojutsu and Yagyu Shinkage Ryu
2005-2008 Teacher training in Escrima, Arnis, Kali, Jeet Kune Do
2008-2009 competition Taichi and Bagua Zhang with Master She Yinge
2009-2013 Taiji Wang in style with Master Lars Kränzler (he now lives in Taiwan)
since 2015 Taiji in Cheng style with Master Xuelin Jiang
Mark Hosak – Martial arts teaching
1990 Karate teacher at the Ecumenical gymnasium to Bremen
Since spring 1996 Ninjutsu instructor for Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu by Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi
Since the winter of 1996 instructor for Bojutsu (Taguchi Ryu Bojutsu) and Kenjutsu (Nyoken Nyohenjutsu)
1998-1999 Assistant Teacher for Grandmaster Taguchi in Osaka in Kenjutsu, Bojutsu and Ninjutsu
Since 1999, head teacher in Germany for Ninjutsu by Grand Master Taguchi Ryu Ryu
Since 2007 instructor for Spiritual Warriors in Tengu Dojo Akasha International
Mark Hosak – Knowledge of foreign languages
English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Latin
Mark Hosak – biography in words
„I like living and that is why I live intensely. In my life it was always important not to stand still but to go forwards.“
I have been working professionally in the following related topics …
Author of Books
Japanese Cultural adviser, translator and interpreter
Life Coaching and instructor of Reiki, Buddhist spiritual healing, meditation and shamanism
Martial arts instructor
… to be able to develop my potentials. I am particularly pleased about the connections that arise between these themes.
Of course, there were and are also times of uncertainty, where it was hard for me to find my way. So far I have always found a way to accommodate my various interests together in my life and use in my career. I have learned that live is all the more enjoyable living, the more one makes his hobbies into a career. As in the life of every person, there was my need grow into what I really am, from the self-definition learned in childhood. Through spiritual practices and experiences such as Reiki and meditation, pilgrimages and working with chants, I found great help in this journey to myself. When I no longer knew how to go further, the blessings came from above and opened my doors where previously only seemed to be walls. After I had understood that life lives much better if Spiritual ways find a permanent place in everyday life, it awoke in me the desire to share this beautiful gift to others. Through my diverse skills as a teacher in the above topics that I acquired in the years that followed, my life extended again and I found happiness, the way to the light and love to be able to go with my students together.
„By dealing with internal martial arts since childhood I developed an understanding how fear and violence can be transformed into love and the desire to heal and help.“
The goal in the spiritual philosophy of Asian martial arts takes a central place inside to heal itself and makes sense to deal with life and its potential. Many people in the Western world have learned the great healing power of such ideas in Taichi Chuan, appreciate and take advantage of the many varieties of qigong, and aikido. According to the hermetic order „as is above so below“, spiritual philosophy over the body and the everyday life hanging together with it can be made practically learnable and it can be also distinguished much lighter what really functions what makes sense and what not for the concerning one. That’s why in the „Big Book of Reiki symbols“ and the body work in the form of Reikigong takes an important place. Thru selected exercises from Qigong I teach my students in seminars a practical understanding of otherwise very abstract spiritual orders and findings. About the peaceful resting in the Hara the lotus flower unfolds almost automatically in a natural way in love in the heart.
Nature is the great textbook of creativity and the spiritual tradition of shamanism, it is easy that is to study and implement hidden wisdom in healing and spiritual personality transformation. I like to go for a walk in the woods and connect myself from the heart with the luminous spirit of nature in ritual, prayer and meditation. For me, this is the necessary balance to live and work in an urban environment and the hustle and bustle of our time.
I take my from nature strengthened heart into my seminars and consultations to help suffering and seeking people go their way to happiness. Especially at the beginning of the new era, it is so important to be inspired by nature, in order to make the necessary transformation practical for of our way of life to be able to implement spiritual wisdom.
In Japanese calligraphy, it is about bringing in spiritual power of the heart through brush and ink into a character that stimulates inspiriation and meditation.
Since my childhood I am fascinated by this spiritual tradition. Today I understand that writing a book such as for example the „great book of Reiki symbols“ as another aspect of my calligraphic work that I have learned in many years of intensive study with Asian masters in the traditional way. In the early days of my employment with Reiki I came again and again to the opinion, to put spiritual insights into written form was not right. That made me sad, because for thousands of years it was the writings and calligraphy of the great masters who were the foundation of healing and the next generation of spiritual teacher training in addition to the oral instruction. I see the writing as a useful and necessary complement to the ear to shape data transmitted from mouth. The deep calm and focused mind, opening the heart for spiritual forces that may be effected by calligraphy, I continue today to give as part of my Reiki seminars and in special calligraphy courses to people in the West, the possibility to discover their potential to this effect and to enjoy it.
In my childhood and youth there were large and some very unusual challenges for me. That’s why I had to learn very early alone, to take care of myself and stand by me. Only later did I understand that a part of spiritual development in the form of teaching takes place, another in life situations. So I managed from the rigors of my early years to grow with the help of spiritual beings and a willingness to live from the heart. Seen from a divine perspective every experience offers a seed that can grow into a plant of happiness, beauty and enlightenment. Instead of suffering from his life, every man can distill the experiences of wisdom, meaning and love. According to the usually much known: „The journey is the reward“ this is not primarily about reaching a certain level of development, but to let the process transform from disharmonic to harmonic, developing continuously. In the Eastern spiritual tradition, this is described as a beautiful lotus flower that grows out of the morass of the swamp and keep their roots there and nourishes. There’s great wisdom in respecting both the flower as the swamp and learn to love them.
Concrete experiences of my life
First contacts with East Asian culture
In my childhood whenever I had seen Chinese or Japanese characters, I was not only very enthusiastic, but felt somehow at home with this. I was under the impression that these characters emitting an energy of which I’ve always longed for. At the age of six when I showed my father such signs and one day told him that I really wanted to learn, said that this would probably take 12 years, therefore, was unthinkable. Dissatisfied with his response, I practiced then secretly these charming characters for me, without knowing what they mean and how to write correctly. But unfortunately it did not quite work, how I imagined it.
My way to the internal martial arts
Inherently very slim, if not thin, I was regularly targeted for discharge of aggression stronger classmates in school. One day, I thought about how I may outgrow this. In addition to the Asian fonts and enthusiastic of East Asian martial arts, I had no chance to train this for a long time. In a holiday with my parents about ten other children encircled me. One had a huge water gun. He ordered me to raise my hands, which I did. Through my years of experience I could imagine that it almost does not matter what I do in such a situation, in the end I’m fired from the children for their amusement to speak any way. I still do not know why, but at that moment I had the idea to say:
„Quit that! I know karate! „. The child with the water pistol was unsettled. The other children shouted: „That’s a lie, fire him any way …“ Once again I repeated the phrase: „Quit it! I know karate! „And so it went back and forth for a while, until I then instinctively and without thinking, kicked the child’s water pistol out of his hand. All of the children were shocked. Suddenly they had respect. They not only left me alone, but accepted me into their group. Since then my decision was made. Learning and mastering a martial art is the path to peace.
First I bought martial arts books and taking a walk with my dog, I practiced the techniques in it. At night, after my parents went to bed, I regularly sneaked out into the woods to practice even more. I took advantage of every free minute. I was not,very successful, since everybody knows, one cannot be taught from books nowhere near as good as directly from a master. Thus arose in me the desire to find a master – the best would be a Japanese.
Approximately one and a half years later, a Japanese boarding school for Japanese children whose parents live in Europe opened near me in Bremen. At that time I still believed that all Japanese are great masters of martial arts. When I inquired about the Japanese school by the masters, I was soon made to change this opinion. There was only one karate master. He gave me private Karate lessons and I him in German. A fair exchange and the fulfillment of my great dream. I had my own master, and it was not long until I was untouchable at school.
In martial arts there was something more
Soon I learned that is that there are phenomena that can not be explained so easily. My teacher went barefoot jogging regularly in broken glass with me. There were no injuries. Without muscle strength I could soon shatter granite stones. At that time I had no idea that this was the beginning only that the martial art is me sometime repeatedly save your life and that it has something to do with healing.
The masters in the Japanese school changed from time to time, so that I could learn several styles and full contact without protectors. The many visits to the hospital sent me on a search for a martial art that fits even better to me. Finally I came to the Ninjutsu, where all areas of combat without and with weapons as floor and sword to healing, meditation and magic are included.
After I had already repeatedly trained in Japan, I finally came across Grandmaster Taguchi in Osaka, whose style I teach today in the fields of Ninjutsu, Kenjutsu and Bojutsu.
My first trip to Japan
Above the martial arts and training in Japanese, my interest grew to the Japanese culture and language. In my childhood I had inspired myself already for the font, but because I had never seen the connection to the spoken language. Scripture seemed to me as sacred symbols.
At 18, I traveled to Japan for the first time. These six weeks of my life inspired me so much that I had sworn to myself that I one day do something professionally with Japan. For the first time in my life, I felt at home. The country is beautiful, the food delicious and wholesome and the people are very friendly. I am particularly impressed by the Buddhist temple.
This trip gave me the strength to overcome my very serious and painful schooldays. My grades were never very good. I liked the eighth grade so much that I had done it twice. To my great fortune, the Japanese and Chinese languages were offered for the first time, when I came into college. I learned both and my grades here were better than that of native speakers. They helped me to pass my college requirements. Otherwise it would become really very difficult.
My way to Reiki
The martial arts had shown me the path to peace. With the same reasoning I refused military service successfully. After school I started community service in the elderly.
My job was basically to go to the old, helpless people at home to care for them or to talk with them. Most were very depressed about the world and their health condition. My worst case, however, a 88 year old woman who was paralyzed on the entire right side, and was completely different. She was always cheerful, happy, trying as much as possible to do things herself. Her house seemed much more alive than any other. Even the so gloomy and rainy days of November in Bremen, I had the impression that with her always the sun shines. But I could not figure out why. When I gave her flowers one day on her birthday, this blossomed after many weeks as well as on the first day. In amazement and half for fun I asked what she does with the flowers because they actually can not be the same. Without words and with a friendly smile she held her left hand still moving through the flowers. I could not understand anything with this gesture. Her son – a former physicist at NASA – I learned that they are giving the flowers Reiki. I had never previously heard of this. He explained to me from the perspective of physics what Reiki is, how it works and plus presented me a scientific validation of Reiki from his experience at NASA in the rainforest.
I was skeptical, but wanted to find out through my own experience, what’s true. Skepticism soon subsided by many wonderful experiences and treatment successes with Reiki.
The 2nd level and my introduction to the Reiki symbols calligraphy
In order to make the 2nd level with her, my Reiki teacher Sigrid Fuhrmann asked me write the Reiki characters very large with a brush in the manner of calligraphy. She told me that I need not worry about the fact that I had not yet learned calligraphy. She was sure that I would paint the characters to her full satisfaction. That was a big challenge. Like the beginning of my martial art career, I practiced the Reiki symboles every day up to its completion with the brush without a teacher.
Study of East Asian art history and Japanese as a base
After civil service I went to Heidelberg to study East Asian art history and Japanese studies there.
At the University of Heidelberg, I soon broke all records. After three semesters I completed the interim examination with excellent grades. Despite the short time I made more than twice as many points than required. My next goal was to go as soon as possible to Japan in the land of my dreams.
Study of calligraphy with a Zen monk
On the bulletin board in the Japanese studies one day I saw a a beautiful font list written on rice paper. Together with my Japanese teacher we deciphered the text. It a Japanese wrote in very polite and in some ancient language that he was looking for a private tutor in German. My Japanese teacher advised me from not getting in contact this person, because he believed that this man is not quite normal because of his strange language and somewhat beautiful font. On the same day I called him and was able to meet a further request of mine in this way. He is not only Japanese, but also Zen master and a well-known in Buddhist circles master of Chinese calligraphy. So I practiced besides Reiki, Ninjutsu and my studies still daily in calligraphy.
Japan – Reiki symbols – Pilgrimage
Soon I got two scholarships of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and Rotary International. So I could go to Japan for several years. At Kyoto University and in temples I explored Buddhist rituals. Again and again I found correlations with the Reiki symbols. Every answer raised many new questions. When my Japanese professor told me about a pilgrimage of Esoteric Buddhism, I felt something like a flash through my heart. The monk Kukai is said to have meditated on the island of Shikoku long time in the woods. The power places Shikoku he laid the foundation for many temples, which then for the pilgrimage „The 88 temples of Shikoku“ were. I knew I must make this pilgrimage, to move forward on my way. A few weeks later I broke up and made a pilgrimage on foot from temple to temple by the Japanese forest. After about ten days, I had to finish the pilgrimage due to exhaustion at Temple No.. 24,. A year later, I set out again on the road and made a pilgrimage of several weeks to all 88 temples. Daily I experienced true miracles. Once a dog dressed as a Bodhisattva had shown me the way, then disappeared before my eyes. He later appeared again when I wanted to go in the wrong direction. Eagle or head-sized butterflies accompanied me long as faithful companions. In a dream my future wife appeared to me. The monk Kukai was transformed from a bronze statue in the forest in its life-like pilgrims form and advised me to go the way of my heart. When asked what is the way of my heart, he replied: „You’ll know it when you continue your pilgrimage with me.“ Then he dissolved into light and disappeared. These are just a few examples. Long after the pilgrimage I felt his wonderful energy.
The way of my heart is Reiki. The monk Kukai brought the roots of Reiki with Esoteric Buddhism to Japan.
The pilgrimage was the greatest experience of my life. I have written a book about the Japanese language. In Japan and Europe, I won two speech competitions in Japanese on the same topic .
Thanks to the inspiring meeting with Frank Arjava Petter in Japan, I could start my Reiki Masters training in 1999 soon after my return to Germany.
Meanwhile, I have finished my studies. In my thesis I discussed the Siddham writing in Japan, which also includes one of the Reiki symbols. It follows a dissertation on the same font associated with healing rituals.
Today I teach people world wide in Reiki, shamanism, magic, meditation, internal martial arts and calligraphy.