Note: the following letter was widely distributed
in late November, 2002:
Important Notice For Those Interested in the Study and Practice of Medicine Dharma Reiki also known as "Men Chhos Reiki"
Circumstances force us to discontinue giving teachings and empowerments in Lama Yeshe's lineage of the "Tantra of the Lightening Flash", which purportedly has been reconstructed from the written legacies of Dr. Mikao Usui and Dr. Watanabe Kioshi Itami. When we ourselves were first introduced to the teachings and practices of Medicine Dharma or Men Chhos Reiki in Oregon, U.S.A in the summer of 1998, Lama Yeshe explicitely stated that these very teachings and practices were the actual basis for the Usui Method of Natural Healing. In his book "Medicine Dharma Reiki", published in the fall of 2000 by Full Circle Publishing, he is on record for repeatedly making the same statement.
In the past, Lama Yeshe on several occasions promised to authenticate the background material for these teachings, namely Dr. Usui's notes and diaries as well as older Chinese and Japanese manuscripts said to contain the original text of the Tantra and its commentaries. As stated above, Lama Yeshe always referred to these older sources as the scriptural basis for Dr. Usui's rediscovery of Reiki. In the year 2000, upon publication of his book "Medicine Dharma Reiki", he gave assurances to both the publisher and to several teachers of Medicine Dharma Reiki that such authentication would at the latest be forthcoming in the summer of 2002. At this time, he claimed, the translation of all the original material by a group of translators from Taipeh, Taiwan would be complete and the moment to authenticate would have come.
Because authentication even now is nowhere
in sight, we no longer see ourselves in a position to continue teaching
a set of practices of unverified background. Sincerity and forthrightness
are particularly called for in teaching a system like Medicine Dharma
Reiki, because serious commitments such as the taking of refuge and Bodhisattva
vows are asked of the aspirants, before they enter the sacred space of
Furthermore, a number of revelations within the Medicine Dharma Reiki community that cannot be made public in detail, regarding the conduct of Lama Yeshe as the Spiritual Director of the organization and also regarding his own lineage and status as a Rinpoche, plus the way he very often shows utter disregard for the causes and concerns of his closest students, leave us no choice but to terminate our relationship with the source of such controversy.
We regret that we are forced to take this
step, which because of the above mentioned recent events has
become inevitable. We also apologize to our 70+ students worldwide whom
we so far have guided in the study and practice of the Medicina Dharma
Reiki material. They came to us in good faith and we instructed them in
full confidence in Lama Yeshe's teaching and lineage, purportedly going
back to Dr. Usui himself. However, a good part of that very basis for good
faith and personal trust is now utterly destroyed.
To end on a more conciliatory note, our
own and the experiences of our students with the Medicine Dharma Reiki
material indicate a high degree of usefulness.
Sincerely in the Dharma
If you have comments or suggestions,CONTACT ME. I will try to answer them all.