In the sacred mountains of the Kumano Kodo there lives a Master Shugendo Teacher by the name of Tateishi Kosho.
Our family was blessed to receive his gift of a ritual purification ceremony during our stay at his forest sanctuary. This video is a rather intimate and personal glimpse into what was for us a rich and transformative experience.
Shugendo is an ancient syncretic expression of Shinto, Taoist and Esoteric Buddhist traditions and is focused on an experiential awakening through various ascetic practices in the mountains of Japan.
Editing this impromptu footage was a challenge. How can one render to the viewer the heart of our experience? Can it be glimpsed in the mantras and mudras of Kosho-san, or perhaps seen within the flames of the heart fire? Or perhaps heard between the sounds of conch and drum? Or felt through the trance-fixed eyes of a 6 year old...