"Tetsugen and the Sutras"
(From: The Ubiquity Web Page)

3-10-99 Story of the Week from Church Within #22
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This week's SOW - #22, contributed by: Kavita Pai of Bombay, India.

Story of the Week

"Tetsugen and the Sutras"
(From: The Ubiquity Web Page)

        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.

The Prayer
Dear Ever Loving Parent,        
        The doing of Your Divine Will is so much Greater than I can possibly perceive in any one moment of time. Grant me the patience to allow it to unfold in my life as You would have it be for the maximum number of Your Children, the resolve to move forward in the face of 'apparent' failure/delay, and the Wisdom to seek to recognize the BIG Picture when I am buried in the details of my own miniscule fragment of it.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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