Naikan: Gratitude and Grace
The Japanese Art of Self-Reflection.
Naikan is a specific method of self-reflection from Japan with roots in Shin Buddhism. By reflecting deeply upon oneself and one’s conduct in the world, we can not only deepen our grasp of spiritual teachings but cultivate a sincere foundation of gratitude and improve our relationships with others.
Guest lecturer Gregg Krech has been teaching and studying Japanese Psychology for thirty years and is the author of four books including, Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection (Stone Bridge Press) which won the Spirituality and Health Magazine award for Best Books of the Year in 2002, and has been translated into five languages. His book, The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology discusses the "action" side of Buddhism and Eastern philosophy. Gregg's work has been featured in Tricycle, The Sun, Counseling Today, Utne Reader, Yoga Journal, The Guardian and on National Public Radio. He is the Director of the ToDo Institute in Vermont, a member of the North American Naikan Council and Editor of Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living. He studied Shin Buddhism for eleven years with the late BCA Bishop, Rev. Kenryu T. Tsuji. He currently lives in Vermont where he rides his bicycle, writes haiku poetry and plays blues piano.