ISA MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
The one-time entrance fee for beginning members is $80.00, which you may submit below with your application. Once accepted, the suggested monthly donation for members is $25 (but if you are unable to donate that amount, please donate what you can).
Your membership includes the Shugendo Daily Recitation Book, which contains foundational texts, mantra, and mudra that you may begin to practice immediately. You will also be invited to join closed Facebook groups that contain video instruction and live streams with our Headmaster to help with learning this and other important basic practices.
Before you join, there are some important points to know:
Shugendo is a tradition with many hidden teachings that are only imparted face-to-face within a committed teacher-student relationship. As a new ISA member you are not yet a disciple of our Headmaster. Instruction in practices beyond the daily recitation will require you to meet with Koshikidake Soke or one of his students in person. More advanced practices require you to commit to the Shugendo path through ordination.
Please be aware that it is not possible to learn Shugendo from home: traveling to events in Japan, N. America, or Europe will be necessary if you are serious about learning. Shugendo practice is difficult and requires a great deal of study and time.
There is a modern misconception that Shugendo is a kind of martial art practice, or a mystical system used by ninja warriors. In fact, Shugendo is a religion. It is not a supplement to martial arts, or something you can learn casually. Please do not apply for membership unless you are deeply interested in Shugendo as a path of spiritual awakening and service to others.
Our Headmaster has prepared this information for people interested in the path of Shugendo. It describes our approach, and some of the things you may eventually study. Please read it before applying: Getting Started in Shugendo
TO APPLY TO JOIN ISA, please do the following:
1. Fill out the application below and push "send" (we request your Facebook page link so that you can be invited to closed groups). Please be sure to give us your entire mailing address including postal code.
2. Submit your $80 entrance fee using the PayPal button below. (If for some reason we choose to decline your membership, your fee will be refunded.) Note that your membership application will not be reviewed until you submit the annual fee.
3. When your membership is accepted, you may set up your monthly donation and learn what comes next. We will also order your Daily Recitation Book and send it to you as soon as it arrives from Japan.
4. Please don't forget to join the ISA email list by clicking the link in the upper right hand corner of this site, above!