Photo of Ohyama with permission This Ted Talk on Naikan titled “The Way to Happiness by Three Questions” is now available on YouTube. You can watch here. It is in Japanese, but English subtitles were recently added. The subtitles will appear if you click on the closed captioning button marked “cc” in the lower […]
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This blog post will be of special interest to those who are Naikan Practitioners. With thanks to Clark Chilson. From July 7 to 9, 2017, I attended a joint conference of the Japan Naikan Association (JNA) and the Japan Naikan Medical Association (JNMA) held in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. It was the 40th general conference for […]
Photograph by Helgi Halldórsson https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Relationship_of_friends_(603887704).jpg Our brains keep us from seeing reality objectively. In fact, they skew our reality toward the negative. Memories of unpleasant experiences stick in our minds while recollections of positive experiences slip out of our everyday working memories. The neurologist Richard Mendius and the neuropsychologist Rick Hanson cleverly conceptualize this […]
The photograph is by tciriello and can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/tciriellopix/14559075443 The poem below was written by Morikawa Riu, the mother-in-law of Yoshimoto Ishin, the founder of Naikan. Yoshimoto regarded Riu as a profound practitioner of self-reflection. The poem is commonly displayed at Naikan Centers in Japan so those doing Naikan can read it. (Translated […]
Late one night a couple of years ago, I searched youtube for “David Foster Wallace” after watching the film about his life titled The End of the Tour. I stumbled upon his speech “This is Water,” which he gave at Kenyon College in 2005, but was not depicted in the film. After listening to it, […]
Naikan’s Purpose is Spiritual Awakening The founder of Naikan, Yoshimoto Ishin, was a devout Buddhist who saw Naikan as a spiritual practice. In the 1950s, he had some of this writings translated into English and compiled in a book titled Self-Reflection will Guide You to the Right Way. In this book, Yoshimoto describes the purpose […]
Since the 1960s Naikan has been used at hospitals in Japan to help alcoholics quit drinking. As one part of addiction treatment programs that use Naikan, people are asked to calculate how much money they spent on alcohol. You can try this exercise for yourself.
[ photo: Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall Karen Roe 08-03-2005 ] Somewhere in the heavenly realms of a galaxy far, far away, there may exist a pantheon of parents who never fight with their children, never get annoyed by them, never wonder why their sons or daughters do not take their advice, and never wish their children […]