We are the One
appearing as Many
We are Holy Communion ~
the Presence of Love
*AREM . "We the One." Messages of Light.
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*Under the Birches, Taivasalla, Flickr
We are for
we are together ♥
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Tetsugen, a Zen devotee, decided on a huge project – printing of seven thousand copes of the sutras – Buddhist scriptures, which were available only in Chinese. He traveled throughout Japan to collect funds. Some wealthy people offered him as much as a hundred pieces of gold, but mostly he received small coins from peasants. Tetsugen expressed equal gratitude to each donor, regardless of the amount of money given.
After ten long years, he had the funds for the task. Just then the river Uji overflowed and thousands were left without food and shelter. Tetsugen spent all the money he had collected on these suffering people.
Then, he began raising funds again. Several years later he had enough money. But an epidemic spread over the land; so, Tetsugen gave away all he had collected to help the suffering.
Once again he set out, and twenty years later his dream of having the scriptures in the Japanese language finally came true.
The printing block that produced this first edition is on display at the Obaku Monastery in Kyoto. The Japanese tell their children that Tetsugen got out three editions of the sutras; the first two invisible and far superior to the third.
*White Lotus Flower..., Bahman Farzad, Flickr
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The Sacred in Me bows to the Sacred in You
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti OM
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