Chujiro Hayashi

Chujiro Hayashi (林 忠次郎, Hayashi Chūjirō, 15 September 1880 – 11 May 1940), a disciple of Mikao Usui, played a major role in the transmission of Reiki out of Japan and for turning it into a less mystical practice.

Chūjirō Hayashi
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Born(1880-09-15)15 September 1880
Died11 May 1940(1940-05-11) (aged 59)
Atami, Japan
Cause of deathritual suicide
Occupationnaval surgeon
Known forReiki

Hayashi was a naval physician and employed Reiki to treat his patients. He began studying with Usui in 1925. He made his branch, Hayashi Reiki Kenkyu-kai in Tokyo, Shinano-machi while his master Usui was still alive, and has kept the way of Usui's teaching.

Hayashi initiated and trained Hawayo Takata and helped her bring Reiki to Hawaii. As some of the popular history of Reiki consists of Takata's alleged lies,[clarification needed][1][2] Hayashi is often considered to be Usui's chief disciple and the second Grand Master of Reiki history.[3][citation needed]

In 1940, Hayashi committed seppuku,[4] a Japanese form of ritual suicide.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lubeck, Petter, and Rand. The Spirit of Reiki Twin Lakes (WI): Lotus Press, 2001.
  2. ^ Strerich. "The Story of Dr. Chujiro Hayashi" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Grand Master of Reiki". 16 May 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  4. ^ Yasukuni Shrine Tokyo Archives.


  • Hayashi, Chujiro; Arjava Petter, Frank; Yamaguchi, Tadao (2004). The Hayashi Reiki Manual: Japanese Healing Techniques from the Founder of the Western Reiki System. Dorset, England: Lotus Press. ISBN 0-914955-75-6.