Re: religious terminology in martial arts and implication
The wife of my moxa and acupuncture doctor embraced Shingon Buddhism and also some beliefs of Omoto. On one occasion we discussed chinkon kishin and she was very surprised that I even knew the term. She believed it was a very dangerous practice because, if not done properly, one could be possessed by the wrong spirit, with dire consequences.
We are talking about modern Japan here, almost a century after Morihei Ueshiba first encountered Onisaburo Deguchi. Japanese religion is still a very interesting phenomenon. I plan to discuss the topic in my TIE Column 23.