Why practice Naikan?
The motivation to practice Naikan is very individual.
Here are some reasons why people attend a Naikan retreat:
Naikan requires your active participation. A Naikan retreat is no entertainment programme. There is no doctrine. It's all about you finding your own truth.
Naikan is for people of every age.
- Understand oneself better
- Understand others better
- Find a solution to a difficult situation (e.g. problems with partnership, difficult working situation, illness...)
- Prepare for a new situation (e.g. new job, marriage, moving to another town, retirement...)
- Have a close look on one's conduct of life with regard to one's spiritual or religious belief
- Wish to change something in one's life in order to find happiness
Multi-dimensional effects of Naikan
Self-healing and therapeutic effects
- Naikan is a
method to explore your inner self. You will discover treasures deep
inside of you. Naikan helps to understand yourself and others better.
helps to find peace with things that happened in the past. Based on
this, you will find new ways to live your life in happiness.
- Naikan helps to develop inner peace under any adverse circumstances.
Self-realization and spirituality
you are struggling with a problem (e.g. in your partnership, in your
working situation, illness, etc.), Naikan can give you support.
the past and looking at things through the lense of the three
questions, Naikan often opens new perspectives to the problem you are
- Naikan has therapeutic effects, that's why
it's seen and applied as psychotherapy in Japan. As we understand
Naikan and psychotherapy in Europe, Naikan cannot be considered as
psychotherapy. Naikan lies on the borderline between psychotherapy and
Naikan guides see Naikan as a way of life. Being aware of what you are
doing, verifying your actions asking the three questions of Naikan, in
- Through Naikan you can get in touch with your spirituality.
Naikan has its roots in Buddhism, Naikan has no religious content.
Whatever is your religion, Naikan can deepen your belief.
path of self-realization can exist without finding and developing one's
potentials. Naikan is a tool to have a close look on your attitudes,
thoughts and actions. Naikan shows how your spirituality or religion
influences your everyday life.
Only condition required to practice Naikan
is the ability to clearly distinguish memory and reality from fantasy
and fiction. For this reason Naikan is inappropriate for people suffering from perceptual disorder, psychosis, dementia.
Where do you find Naikan?
There are Naikan centers
and Naikan guides in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Japan, USA, and other countries.
for everyone who would like to practice introspection:
Some of the Naikan centers you find on the list of Naikan links.
In German speaking countries Naikan is practiced in the following fields:
Drug and Alcohol addiction treatment
Addiction Treatment Centers have introduced Naikan to their clients,
e.g. Drug Addiction Treatment Center Erlenhof in Austria, diefleckenbuehler.de in Germany, projektalp.ch in Switzerland.
The Naikan Center Tarmstedt naikan.de has introduced Naikan in prison in Germany. In Austria naikido.at introduced Naikan to a juvenile prison.
Business and organisation
Franz Ritter naikan.com has introduced Kodo-Naikan in Austria. A special Kodo-Naikan program was developed by zenintelligence.com and introduced to medical centers in Austria.
In Japan, Naikan's country of origin, Naikan was spread very early at
the prison. In Japan Naikan as psychotherapy has proved it's
effectiveness in various fields (e.g. treatment of drug and alcohol
addiction, treatment of depression...).