Do you have a mentor or guru to teach Shinto?

Shinto 神道 (way of Kami) is more like culture/custom/tradition than religion. It is the way of living to respect and have a feeling of gratitude to the nature spirits, ancestors, and seeking harmony. Through the Matsuri (ceremony, service), we learn and develop the paying respect and gratitude to them, and harmony. Shinto is different from other religions. It is not like a mentor or guru to teach the method like other religions. (Shinto, there is no funder). 

More like you find the way of living and practice that lifestyle. Like as 茶道 (Sado: way of tea/tea ceremony) and/or 剣道 (Kendo: the way of sword) and/or 柔道 (Judo: the way of tender/flexible) has some 型(kata), etiquette/method/rule, 神道 Shinto, we do have some kata/method but all these rules are from the way of showing respect which ancient Japanese people developed. (Shinto, we are told it existed over 2600 years ago).

So if you could join our ceremony/service might help to get to know about Shinto.

We plan to hold various events including a lecture to get to know the basic idea of Shinto but we don’t know yet when. Because we have not had a Shrine building yet (we are about starting fundraising to have one with your support!) and Coronavirus pandemic. So that we are currently streaming our Omatsuri via YouTube which you might get learn about Shinto as well.

Also, we have uploaded some video clips as well as some sessions via YouTube.

We have an English/Japanese Children’s book which well explains Shinto for a beginner (even adult),  and we have a milestone album which also a good source to know about Shinto and Japanese culture. For more details, please visit our Supporters Club website KitsuneClub.org

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