Dr. Mikao Usui, the re-founder of what we know to be Usui Reiki, was born on August 15, 1865 in the village of Taniai-mura, Kyoto, Japan. He spoke many languages and through his studies became well versed in disciplines including medicine, theology and science.
On one occasion in 1888, Dr. Usui was carrying out a 21 day meditation at top of Mount Kurama Yama, a sacred mountain located on the northern outskirts of Kyoto. During his deep meditation period Dr Usui received visions and instructions from Mahawalrochana Buddha, a celestial Buddha. It is believed these instructions related to finding ancient texts outlining Buddhist healing arts. At the end of his visions Dr. Usui became a devout Shingon Buddhist and had a strong interest in the esoteric science of healing. Over seven years, he treated many people and taught Reiki to his followers and further developed and refined his system of healing.