Memorial stone inscription at the grave of Mikao Usui (1865 – 1926)

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Translation of the inscription on the Usui Memorial Stone by Dr. Mark Hosak

Memorial stone inscription for Mikao Usui with Dr. mark Hosak

Welcome to my new translation of the memorial stone inscription. In the following I present you the single sentences of the Usui memorial stone in Japanese and German. For the Japanese characters you will also get the transcription of the pronunciation in letters. Over time, I am adding translation variations as the text is written in an extremely complex manner to represent the multi-faceted nature of Mikao Usui Sensei.

As a Japanologist and Reiki Master, I research the ancient scriptures in the context of the source of Reiki, in order to bring the secret method of inviting happiness to the Reiki practitioners in the most original way possible and according to the Japanese form for better understanding.

You can also find published translations of the memorial scripture in the Reiki Magazine special issue Mikao Usui and in my Shingon Reiki book “Reiki in der therapeutischen Praxis”, published in 2016 by Haug Verlag – the first Reiki practice book published in a medical publisher. It presents the possibilities of Usui Reiki Ryoho of Mikao Usui’s Reiki in Japan in its original form.

Title on the memorial stone for Mikao Usui and Reiki

Title of memorial stone inscription for Mikao Usui in seal script


Reihô chôso Usui sensei kudoku no hi

The memorial stone of the life work of Master Usui, the founder of the spiritual method.


Usui sensei kudoku hi

  • The epitaph carved in stone of the work of the master Usui

  • The memorial stone of the merits of the master Usui

  • The monument of the life work of the master Usui

  • The epitaph carved in stone of the work of the master Usui

  • The stone inscription of the life work of Master Usui

What makes a true master like Usui

True master like Mikao Usui


Shûyô renma no jitsu wo tsumite naka ni eru tokoro aru wo kore wo toku to ihi.

  • It is said that the inner wealth is achieved by regularly cultivating the true training of spiritual practice.

  • It is said that virtue is attained in a place within when one accumulates the truthful training of mental exercises.

  • It is said that gratitude is achieved in a place within oneself when one regularly cultivates the truthful training of spiritual exercises.

  • It is said that the possession of a place within oneself is achieved when one regularly cultivates the true training of spiritual exercises.

  • It is said that one comes to inner wealth when the true training of spiritual practice is applied regularly.


Kaidô jôsai no michi wo hiromete soto ni hodokosu tokoro aru wo kore wo isaoshi to ifu

  • It is said that the meritorious deed is to spread the way of training, initiating and redeeming others from their suffering to happiness by holding events outside in every conceivable place.

  • It is said that the great merit is to spread the way of training, initiation and salvation and that this should be done outside to everyone at all times.


Kô takaku toku dai ni shite hajimete ichidai shûshi taru koto wo eru heshi.

  • A dignified coacher is expected to have accumulated merit starting with attaching the value of many years of experience and superior sincerity.

  • A dignified preceptor is said to have accumulated merits of great and long experience as well as superior sincerity.

  • The dignity of a master coacher is to be attained through merits of great and long experience and of superior sincerity.


Korai no kentetsu shun-i no shiryoku gakutô wo shizure

  • Since ancient times, the honorable sages and philosophers have been handing down knowledgeable traditions with full enthusiasm.

  • Since ancient times, the honorable sages and philosophers with full enthusiasm endow academic lore


Shûshi wo hajimeshi mono ha mina hajimerazaru nashi

  • He was probably like one of all those who started a new school.

  • In no way was he like all those who founded a religion.

  • He was not like one who did not start a new school.

  • It can be assumed that he was like one of those who founded a new school.


Usui sensei no gotoki mo mata sono hito naru ka arata ni uchû no reiki ni moto tsukite

  • The spiritual life energy from the universe can be traced back to masters like Usui and those who have recently become masters.

  • Masters like Usui and also those who have become masters are based on the spiritual life energy (Reiki) of the universe.

How the master became famous with Usui Reiki Ryoho

Reiki healing method according to Mikao Usui


Shinshin wo yoku suru hô wo chôshihôden he kiki

Shinshin wo yoku suru hô wo chô shihô tsutae kiki

  • In the beginning, people heard from everywhere that he was spreading a method for the improvement of body and soul.

  • From the very beginning, people everywhere heard that he was spreading a method to increase well-being in body and soul.


Oshie wo koi ryô wo negau mono kyûzen toshite kore ni kaesu

  • Even if he wanted to send them away, they asked him together for instruction and for healing and treatment.

  • Even when he sent them home, they collectively pleaded with him to instruct them and asked for treatment.


Mei ko mata sakan naru kana

What might be the reason that he received a famous and brilliant reputation?

What might be the reasons for his fame and shining reputation?

Origin of Mikao Usui and his family

Origin of Mikao Usui's Family


Sensei tsûshô Mikao, go wa Gyôhan, Gifu-ken, Yamagata-gun, Taniai-mura no hito no kono saki ha Chiba Tsunetane ni izutsu

The commonly used name of the Master is Mikao, his Buddhist name is Gyôhan (Sail of Dawn). He was born in the village of Taniai in the Yamagata district of Gifu Prefecture, with ancestors dating back to Chiba Tsunetane (1118-1201).

The Master’s call name is Mikao and his Buddhist name is Gyôhan. He was born in the village of Taniai in the Yamagata district of Gifu Prefecture. His ancestors go back to Chiba Tsunetane (1118-1201).


Chichi imina Taneuji. Tsûshô Uzaemon. Haha wa Kawai-min

  • The posthumous name of the father is Taneuji. His commonly used call name is Uzaemon. The mother’s maiden name is Kawai.

  • The posthumous name of the father is Taneuji. His common call name is Uzaemon. The surname of the mother is Kawai.


Sensei keiô gannen hachigatsu jûgonichi wo nite umareru

  • The master was born on August 15 of the first year of the Keiô era (7th century). 4. 1865 – 8. 9. 1868) born.

  • The master coacher appeared on August 15 of the first year of the Keiô era.

  • The master was born on August 15, 1865.

–> This is the generally known date in the west, where it is assumed that the indication of a date at that time corresponds to the present western one according to solar calendar. Further explanations follow.

Usui’s life experience and efforts

Mikao Usui's Life Experience


Naga suru ni oyobi ôbei ni kô shi shina ni oyobu

  • As he grew older, he traveled by ship to the West (Europe and America) and skillfully made his way through China.

  • As he grew older, he navigated Europe and America and spent some time in China.


Sude ni shite yo ni tatsu kotokorozashi to chigau ni kankafugû shibashiba ni kiwami tuzumayaka ni koori shi mo gômo kuttô sezu

  • Soon he was setting up extraordinary things. However, things developed differently than hoped. Although he suffered defeat and disrespect over and over again to the highest degree, he simply did not give up.

  • In the course of time, he set up extraordinary things, but everything turned out differently than he had hoped. Although, regardless of this, he had to suffer defeat and disrespect over and over again to the highest degree, he simply did not give up.


  • Tanren masumasu itareri

  • He always trained hard to make it.

  • He practiced constantly to achieve his goal.

Usui’s enlightenment and initiation into Reiki

Usui's enlightenment and initiation into Reiki


Ichinichi Kurama yama ni nobori

  • One day he climbed the Kurama mountain.

  • One day, the climbed the mountains in the Kurama mountain forest.

  • One day he went to the Kurama Mountains.


Shoku wo tachite

  • He went without food and…

  • He interrupted the meal and…

  • He abstained from eating and…

  • He gave up eating and…


kushu kôren suru koto nijû yû ichinichi tachimachi ichidai reiki no sujô ni kan shi

  • He performed hard and arduous ascetic practices and on the 20th-21st day he suddenly felt a sensational mystical force (Reiki) above the crown of his head.

  • … and performed hard and laborious ascetic practices. On the 20th-21st day, he suddenly experienced a sensational spiritual life energy above his head.

  • He performed hard and arduous ascetic practices, and on the 20th-21st day, he suddenly felt a sensational mystical energy above his fontanel in the crown chakra.


Katsuzen toshite reiki ryôhô wo etari

  • All at once he received the method of natural healing of spiritual life energy.

  • As if out of the blue, he received the consecration into the healing method of spiritual life energy.

First experience with Reiki

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Kore yori kore wo mi ni tameshi

  • From then on, he tried this out on his own body.

  • From then on, he put this to the test on himself.

  • From then on, he tested this on his own body.

  • From then on he experimented with Reiki on himself.


Kajin ni ken suru ni kôkô tachimachi tokoro ni miharu sensei omoeraku

  • When the Master tried Reiki on his family members, he observed immediate results.

  • When the master passionately and devotedly tested this on family members, he observed success on the spot.

  • When the master tried this on family members, the immediate success opened his eyes to believe in it.

The decision to coach Reiki

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Hitori sono kajin wo yoku suru yori hiroku sejin ni sasukete

  • Instead of doing good for family members alone, he considered training people far and wide.

  • Instead of doing good for family members alone, he considered training people far and wide.

  • Instead of doing good for family members alone, he considered training to a wide audience.


Tomo ni sono kei ni tayoru ni wakasu to taishô jûichi nen shigatsu kyo wo Tôkyô Aoyama Harajuku ni sadame

  • While he was getting acquainted with this idea because of the joyous event, he moved his residence to Tokyo Aoyama in Harajuku district in April 1922.

  • Energized by this joyous event, he moved to Tôkyô Aoyama in the Harajuku district in April 1922.

Foundation of the Gakkai

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Gakkai wo môke, reiki no ryôhô wo sazuke chiryô wo okonafu

  • He set up an academy and taught the Reiki healing method.

  • He set up an academy, taught the Reiki healing method and performed treatments.

  • He organized meetings for spiritual, scientific training, taught the Reiki and applied the healing method.

  • He founded a spiritual society / association / lodge, awarded titles in the Reiki healing method and practiced the Reiki in treatments.

A very sought after master


Enkin kitari, kofu mono kutsu kogai ni mitsu

  • They came from everywhere to petition him. Outside, the shoes of many people gathered.

  • They came from far and wide to express their wishes and concerns. By accumulating many shoes in front of his front door, his wish has come true.

The great earthquake and how Usui could help many

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Jûninen kugatsu taishin kasai okori sôshô byôku itaru

  • In September of the 12th year (1923), an earthquake disaster occurred with a conflagration that resulted in traumatic injuries with excruciating pain.

  • In September 1923, there was a great earthquake with accompanying conflagration that caused agony and suffering.


Ka ni shingin su sensei fukaku kore wo itami

  • In the places where he can help, the master felt the pain in a deep way.

  • In the places where he can make a difference, the Master felt the suffering and pain deep in his heart.


Hi ni idete shi wo meguri kyûryô suru koto ikubaku naru wo shiru hekarasu

  • As early as sunrise, he wandered around the city saving people by healing them, not knowing what he would get in return.

  • At sunrise, he walked around his neighborhood saving and healing, not knowing if he would get anything in return.


Sono kyû ni omomuki, urei wo sukû koto dai ritsu hi no gotoshi

  • Suddenly he turned to them. The rescue from Gram in the most adverse circumstances is so great that it has no equal.

  • When he turned to them unexpectedly, he rescued them from grief under the most adverse circumstances in such a way that it is unparalleled.

Divination for the move to a new dojo

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Nochi dôjô no kyôai nari shi wo motte jûyonnen nigatsu shigai nakano ni uranai chikusu

  • After his training hall became too cramped, he took a divination as an opportunity to build Taishô 14 outside the city in Nakano in February of that year.

  • When his dojo became too small in 1925, he took a divination to build outside the city in Nakano.

Increasing popularity of Usui Teate hand laying


Seiyo iya cho hare chihô yori chôhei suru mono sukunaka wo su, sensei sono ju ni ou shi

  • As his reputation spread in the area, he became a man who was not infrequently invited because of his reputation. The master accepted these invitations.

  • Increasingly spreading his reputation in the region, the master became such a great person who received warm invitations. The master accepted these prompts.


Kure ni yuki, hiroshima ni mukai, saga ni hairi tazunete Fukuyama ni itaru

He went to Kure, then made his way to Hiroshima, and finally arrived in Saga. Then he went to Fukuyama for a visit.

His path led him via Kure and Hiroshima finally to Saga Saga. Then he traveled to Fukuyama for a visit.

Usui’s sudden death at age 62


Gushitsu tsukuri, tsui ni kakusha bi botsu

  • During his stay, he unexpectedly contracted an illness and eventually died in an inn. That was on March 9, 1926.

  • When he suddenly fell ill in an inn, he died on the 9th day of the 3rd lunar month in Taishô 15.


Kyônen rokujû

  • Zum Zeitpunkt seines Todes war 62 Jahre alt. Seine Ehefrau hieß mit Familiennamen Suzuki und mit Vornamen Teiko (Sadako) und brachte einen Jungen und ein Mädchen zur Welt.

  • The time of his death was at the age of 62. His wife was surnamed Suzuki and given name Sadako (Teiko) and gave birth to a boy and a girl.


Otoko wo fuji to notamahi ie wo tsuku

  • He named his son Fuji (Buddh. Funi) and bequeathed him his house.

  • He named his son Funi and bequeathed him his house.

Mikao Usui’s radiant personality and abilities

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Sensei hito to nari onkô kyôken ni shite henpuku kazarasu

  • The master was modest and gentle in personality. He did not attach importance to his outward appearance.

  • The master was modest and gentle in personality and did not attach importance to his appearance.


Kukan yutaka i tsune ni kanjitoshite emi wo fukumu

  • He had a great physique. He always had a smile on his face.

  • He had a great physique and always had a smile on his face.

  • Like a Buddha had a fantastic physique and always a smile on his face.


Sono koto ni ataru ya kôki ni shite yoku shinobi yôi mottomo fukashi

  • Whenever something concerned a matter, he showed inner strength, was patient and prepared for everything with extreme care.

  • In all matters he showed inner strength and patience. He prepared for everything with the utmost care.


Moto yori saigei ooku, dokusho wo konomi shiden ni watari

  • He had natural talent and craftsmanship. He had a penchant for reading and browsed a lot in biographies based on historical records.

  • By nature he wat talented for crafts. He had a penchant for reading and browsed much in historical biographies.


Isho oyohi butsuya no kyôten ni shutsuiri shi

  • He was well versed in medical literature as well as in sutras of Tantric Buddhism.

  • He was very familiar with medical literature and Buddhist texts and symbols.


Shinri no gaku shinsen no kata, kinju , senzei, sôjin no jutsu ni itaru mate tsûsesaru nashi

  • About the areas about knowledge of the state of the soul, methods of hermits with supernatural powers, spell and incantation magic with incantations, divination with oracle wands to the art of predicting the future through the face diagnosis, there was nothing where he did not know.

  • About the areas about knowledge of the state of the soul, about the methods of Daoist saints with supernatural powers, banishing rituals and magical incantations with incantations, fortune-telling with oracle wands, to the art of predicting the future through the diagnosis of the countenance, there was nothing where he did not know.

How Dr. Usui was able to develop the Reiki method

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Kedashi mo sensei no gakugei keireki ha shûyô renma no shiryô to nari

  • Based on the material for training of spiritual exercises, probably so developed the life story of the master in science and art.

  • Because of these sources for training spiritual practice, probably so developed the personal life story of the coacher in science and art.


Shûyô renma ha reihô kaisô no kanken to nari shi koto ha shôshôko toshite akiraka nari

It is clear and obvious that the training of spiritual exercises formed the key and hole to the foundation of the spiritual method.

How Usui Reiki defines


In retrospect, this spiritual method makes it clear that it should not be limited to treating diseases and bad habits alone. The point here is that the supersensible abilities of the natural endowment form the basis, cause the adept to complete the spiritual heart, keep the body healthy, and embrace a life of prosperity.

The precepts on the inscription in Saihoji Temple


It follows that this person should coach, broadly follow the trainings of the late Meiji-Tennô, recite the five principlesprecepts) aloud in the morning and evening, and direct attention to the spiritual heart.


First, it is said: Today you should not get angry. Secondly, it is said: one should not be sad. Third, it is called: Be grateful! Fourth, it is called: Dedicate yourself to your karma! Fifth, it means: Get used to being benevolent towards beings and your soul.

About the true power and mastery

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This is truly a very important training in the development of spiritual power. This is the one way taught by the saints and sages of old.


When one becomes a master, one should compare them (the precepts) with a secret method calling happiness and a spiritual remedy of innumerable diseases and make their characteristic properties known in all places.


Moreover, this matter is not in the least about sublimity but about achieving the art of spiritual training and making an effort to treat the content in an understandable way. If you sit on your knees, turn your attention inward, breathe deeply in and out, put your hands together in front of your heart, and recite (the precepts) in the morning as well as in the evening, this will develop a pure and healthy mind as a result of a balanced and sincere practice.

How to continue with Reiki after Usui

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The cause is simply that this spiritual method should also reach many people.


This is not only the change in the view of the developing progress of the era of the last years.


Fortunately, one should spread this spiritual method in an open way. With this way of virtue to be protected by the people in the world and the will of the spiritual heart of the people, the people in need of help should be helped a lot.


Why is that? Of course, it’s not just about successfully curing hard-to-cure ailments such as low moods and chronic diseases.


Sensei no mon ni hairu mono nisen yojin.

  • About 2000 other people have become disciples of the Master.

  • More than 2000 students were taught by the master.


Kôtei no toka ni iru mono ha dôjô ni kai shite igyô tsuki, chihô ni aru mono mo mata kaku sono hô wo tsutafu

Those among them, who are his most outstanding students in the area of the capital, organize meetings and continue the significant achievement. And likewise those from the surrounding area initiate many into this method.


Sensei yuku to iedomo reihô ha nagaku yo ni senha subeshi

Although the Master is gone, the spiritual method is to be spread as a guide for all ages of the world.

How many students show their reverence


Meiko sensei no naka ni ete soto ni hodokosu mono ani ni i katsu dai narasuya

The master received his famous and brilliant reputation from within himself. Oh, how excellent and great is the passing on under heaven to others!


Keisha monka no sho shi sôgi shi ishi wo toyotama gun saihôji no boiki ni tate, sono kudoku wo ju shi, motte fukyû wo hakaran to shi, fumi wo yo ni shoku su yo fukaku

The fact that so many samurai were studying and receiving instruction from a master in those days led to the erection of a stone in the Saihôji cemetery in Toyotama District with the intention that these merits should be written in imperishable verse by means of a Buddhist text. I was approached with the task of authorship for the text.


Yo fukaku sensei no iseki ni fuku shi, shoshi ka shitei no yoshimi ni atsuki wo yomi shi

I feel deeply touched to serve the outstanding and meritorious work of the Master. The many samurai praise the intimate friendship between coacher and student. Resolutely, I have accepted the task of describing an overview.

We hope that we could do everything for the future generations, that when they see him, they will feel deeply touched, look up to him, admire him, speak reverently about him and proclaim loudly.

Date – author and calligrapher of the inscription

昭和二年二月 Shôwa ninen nigatsu

February of the 2nd year (1927) of the Shôwa period (1926 – 1989)

従三位勲三等文学博士 岡田 正之 撰 Ju sanmi kun santô bungaku hakushi Okada Masayuki sen

Author – Okada Masayuki – Order of Merit of the Lower 3rd Rank 3rd Class.

海軍少将従四位動三等功四級 牛田従三郎 書 Kaigun Shôshô ju yon’i dôsantô kô yonkyû Ushida Juzaburo sho

Calligraphy – Ushida Juzaburo – Rear admiral of the lower 4th Rank, 3. level of merit of the 4th grade

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