Incense

Incense Sticks

In 2002 during his awakening, David Browning found that there were certain fragrances that enabled practictioners the ability to attain a state of "Samadhi" (The Complete & Absolute Silence Of The Mind). It was due to this realization that he began his search to find the purist and most refined suppliers of woods, resins and meditation incense on the planet.


Years of research and thousands of dollars were spent purchasing and sampling only the finest Aloeswood, Sandalwood & Frankincense woods and resins from dozens of suppliers around the world. The founder of The Samadhi Retreat & Meditation Center, The Mystic 7 and author, David Browning (SamadhiDev) has hand selected from hundreds of available possibilities on the market through his twenty year journey as a mystic, student, author and teacher.  The result is an incredible array of incense offerings to enhance your practice, Samadhi Development and overall quality of life.  

You can be assured that only the highest quality, and purest ingredients are offered, as well as specimens that are congruent to traditional spiritual pursuits and that align with ancient practices.  There are absolutely no chemical additives or binders, and even the most sensitive people report no negative reaction to these Pure Resins used to create these premium incense sticks, coils and cones.  

About Our Incense and Resin Merchant Partners

shoyeido

Over 1,400 years ago, a large piece of fragrant driftwood washed ashore on the tiny Japanese island of Awaji. Realizing the uniqueness of the marvelous fragrance emanating from the wood, island locals presented it as a gift to the Empress Suiko. With this gift of precious Agarwood (Aloeswood) began a new era of refinement of — and appreciation for — the enjoyment of fragrance. 

In the early 18th century, Rokubei Moritsune Hata began incorporating incense-making techniques he learned as an employee of Kyoto's Imperial Palace. He would eventually introduce a new world of scent to an audience beyond the realm of royalty. 

Twelve generations later, the Hata family continue to create an amazing array of fragrances. Shoyeido incense is considered the highest quality, most natural incense available on Earth. 

Shoyeido's blending process is an art form. Highly trained "masters" draw upon centuries-old secrets to create masterworks of fragrance. These artisans carefully process the quality, balance, and ratio of every hand-selected natural ingredient. The slightest variation in amount or quality of any component can dramatically influence the outcome. Only the finest raw materials are used. The results are remarkable, subtle scents that beckon us to use all of our senses —­ what the Japanese call mon-koh, or "listening to incense." 

Shoyeido products are not just the preferred incense for most temples in Japan. Our unique blends are the modern natural solution for creating a relaxed atmosphere in the home. Whether as an accompaniment to work, to enliven social settings, to deepen yoga and meditation practices, or simply as bubble bath or spa accompaniment, Shoyeido’s pure incense is a timeless way to enhance atmosphere. 

With respect for the environment and a concern for green practices, Shoyeido continues to set the standard in the market of fragrance. We have procured permits from the Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry in Japan, and the US Fish & Wildlife Department to validate that our products are properly accounted for and responsibly harvested. None of our recipes contain animal ingredients and no testing has ever been done on animals. 

Our products are proven sellers in many markets, including health food stores, gift shops, bookstores, boutiques, vitamin stores, apothecaries, spas, and salons. Shoyeido is the ideal product for stores looking for the best quality lifestyle items. As consumers continue to reach for natural products to deepen their experience and appreciation for life, Shoyeido incense stands apart as the perfect, pure solution.  To review Mystic 7's hand-picked products, visit our Shoyeido showcase.

 


 

In the year 538 c.e. Buddhism was first introduced into Japan. Along with it across the ocean came statues of Buddhas, ancient Sutras, as well as incense. From that moment on, incense has been an inseparable part of Japanese history. Incense holds an invaluable role in Buddhist ceremonies and rites as well as in those of the Shinto shrines. Purifying the surroundings, it is reputed to be a method of bringing forth the Buddhist Alamkaraka (Realm of Adornment). It's use spread throughout the country for its purifying as well as medicinal properties.

During the Asuka, Nara, and Heian eras of Japan, the frequency of foreign exchange missions traveling between T'ang China and Japan became increasingly frequent. Bringing with them Buddhism, Medicine, Art, and of course, Incense. Among the most prominent of them was the Chinese Buddhist Master Ganjin who established Toshodai-ji Temple in Nara during the year 759.

From more than one thousand years ago to our own modern era, incense has developed a deeply profound link bound closely to our everyday life. This is readily visible in the great popularity it held in ancient Chang-an (China), where the secular uses of incense came into great favor with the royal class. The mixing of various ingredients together and then kneading them together with plum meat or honey came to be widely used in rooms, placed in the sleeves of a garment, and even used to imbue clothes with. The development of such a love for incense in Japan is vividly detailed in the Tale of Genji, in which you can catch a glimpse of the stylish aristocracy of the Heian era working so diligently to mix their very own original aromas. 

From these simple beginnings it underwent a transformation into a mutual competition between each other's mixtures, referred to as "Takimono-awase" (Fragrance Mixing). Before long, it developed into the burning of natural raw incense ingredients, which was called "Ko-awase" (Incense Mixing). These elegant games later became the source of the Kodo ceremony (Way of Incense).

During the Feudal period (Sengoku jidai, 1490 - 1573) of Japan there arose a necessity for a simple as well as practical form of incense. Chinese of the Ming Dynasty transmitted the techniques of creating incense sticks. It was simple form of powdered incense rolled into a stick that was easy to carry and more affordable for the common people. This was the epoch of incense popularity. It flourished in acceptance with all classes, rich and poor. In the center of this limelight, was the city of Sakai. This popularity was mainly due to establishment of Sakai as a major port for foreign trade from China, Spain, and Portugal. 

Baieido dates back to the Muromachi period (1338-1573) in Japanese history. During this period, the founder of Baieido, Kakuuemon Yamatoya, became a wholesaler of medicinal herbs in Sakai city. Sakai was a well-known trading port in ancient Japan in which incense trading was in high demand. In 1657, the founder named himself "Jinkoya Sakubei" and specialized in selling incense ingredients and incense sticks. "Jinkoya" (Aloes wood trader) was a name peculiar to Sakai, only medicinal wholesalers who specialized in incense were authorized to use this name. 

The creation of Incense is an extraordinarily delicate process. In the time-honored traditions of Jinkoya Sakubei, Baieido has dedicated itself to making incense for over 300 years. The method and recipes have been handed down from generation to generation in an unbroken secret oral tradition.

We at Baieido continue to protect the secret formulas of our ancestral forefather Jinkoya Sakube. It is the ardent desire of Baieido to provide the true sacred aromas of only the purest high quality incense to our customers through the methods treasured since our establishment in the year 1657.  To review Mystic 7's hand-picked products, visit our Baieido showcase.