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Joh 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
Tetsugen Dōkō (1630 – 1682) was a Japanese Zen Master, and an important early leader of the Ōbaku school of Buddhism.
The following story is told of Tetsugen's efforts to publish the sutras.
Tetsugen 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 Ōbaku 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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetsugen_DokoIn China and Japan, a complete set of all the Buddhist scriptures is called Issai-Kyo (in Japanese pronunciation) or the whole set of sutras. This set comprises 6,965 books. They are divided into the three categories: Kyo (in Japanese), books of doctrines the Buddha taught, Ritsu (in Japanese), books of warnings and instructions about living of monks, and Ron (in Japanese), books containing teaching and explanation by the Buddha and his disciples about Kyo and Ritsu,
Iwao Hakamada, the world’s longest-serving death row inmate, released after new DNA evidence revealed
AFP MARCH 27, 2014 5:34PM
A JAPANESE court has decided to release a man on death row for more than 40 years in a high-profile murder case based on new DNA evidence.
The Shizuoka District Court on Thursday suspended the death sentence for 78-year-old Iwao Hakamada and ordered him released after 48 years behind bars. Guinness World Records lists him the longest-serving death row inmate.
He was originally sentenced to death in 1968 and the supreme court confirmed his death sentence in 1980.
“The court suspends death sentence and confinement of the person who had been ruled guilty,” a court official said.
Hakamada, a professional boxer, was convicted of killing a company manager and his family and setting fire to their central Japan home, where he was a live-in employee.In 2013, Japan Federation of Bar Associations reported that those who support or do not deny employment of capital punishment accounted for 56%. In fact, Japan has still the capital punishment system.
The court says DNA analysis obtained by his lawyers suggests investigators fabricated evidence. It also ordered a retrial.