Iron Eyes: The Life And Teachings of Obaku Zen Master Tetsugen Doko by Helen Josephine Baroni
English | Oct. 5, 2006 | ISBN: 0791468925 | 272 Pages | PDF | 1 MB
Looks at the contributions of a major figure in Buddhism and provides translations of his writings.
Tetsugen Dōkō (1630–1682) is perhaps the best known Ōbaku Zen monk in Japan and the West. He is credited with producing the first complete wood block edition of the Chinese Buddhist scriptures in Japan. Many older Japanese still remember reading about Tetsugen in school textbooks used in the first half of the twentieth century. Those textbooks included a lesson about Tetsugen that recounted a traditional legend: Tetsugen twice used the funds he had arduously raised for printing the scriptures to feed the victims of various natural disasters, and only with his third effort did he succeed in completing his original goal of printing the scriptures.