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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: THE HEART OF A BUDDHIST
vertical line Posted on May.10.2013 @ 08:22PM EDT by cinchona
Tetsugen, a devotee of Zen in Japan, decided to publish the sutras, which at that time were available only in Chinese. The books were to be printed with wood blocks in an edition of seven thousand copies, a tremendous undertaking.
Tetsugen began by travelling and collecting donations for this purpose. A few sympathizers would give him a hundred pieces of gold, but most of the time he received only small coins. He thanked each donor with equal gratitude. After ten years Tetsugen had enough money to begin his task.

It happened that at that time the Uji River overflowed. Famine followed. Tetsugen took the funds he had collected for the books and spent them to save others from starvation. Then he began again his work of collecting.

Several years afterward an epidemic spread over the country. Tetsugen again gave away what he had collected.

For a third time he started his work, and after twenty years his wish was fulfilled. The printing blocks which produced the first edition of sutras can be seen today in Obaku monastery in Kyoto.

The Japanese tell their children that Tetsugen made three sets of sutras, and that the first two invisible sets surpass even the last.



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Reply from esoteric
May.11.2013
03:55AM EDT 
vertical line This is why the busy little squirrel gathers nuts in winter.

Know the purpose of treasure.
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Reply from cinchona
May.11.2013
07:21AM EDT 
vertical line What kind of purpose will there be left for tomorrow?
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Reply from esoteric
May.11.2013
10:52AM EDT 
vertical line Tomorrow is its own purpose.
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Reply from justin
May.11.2013
02:30PM EDT 
Email justin
vertical line i used to have a t-shirt with a squirrel on it standing proudly on a pile of nuts exclaiming, 'protect your nuts'

i had another t-shirt with a bowl of cereal and the caption 'have you had your bowl of stupid yet'
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Reply from leoj99
May.11.2013
03:19PM EDT 
vertical line There is no tomorrow...lol
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Reply from cinchona
May.11.2013
07:56PM EDT 
vertical line Tomorrow is a matter of the suns return.
Today well lived is tomorrows reward.
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Reply from esoteric
May.11.2013
08:56PM EDT 
vertical line Quote: "There is no tomorrow...lol "
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A squirrel with no nuts.
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