Iron Eyes: The Life and Teachings of the Obaku Zen Master Tetsugen Doko


Looks at the contributions of a major figure in Buddhism and provides translations of his writings.
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Looks at the contributions of a major figure in Buddhism and provides translations of his writings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791468913
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen J. Baroni is Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the author of O÷baku Zen: The Emergence of the Third Sect of Zen in Tokugawa Japan and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism.

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Table of Contents


Historical Biography and Analysis

1. The Life of Tetsugen
2. Carving the Scriptures
3. The Teachings of Tetsugen
4. The Myth of Tetsugen


Part I Teaching Texts

The Dharma Lesson in Japanese of Zen Master Tetsugen of Zuiryûji
Instructing the Community
Dharma Words
Response to the Lay Buddhist Noritomi Tessen
Letter to Acting Head Monk Hôshû

Part II Texts Related to the Buddhist Scripture Project

An Opportunity for Instruction
A Brief Account of the History of Carving the Buddhist Scriptures
A Report on Progress Made on the New Edition of the Buddhist Scriptures
An Account of Completing the Buddhist Scriptures

Part III Poetry

Part IV Other Letters and Historical Documents

An Affidavit Concerning the Dharma Debate in Mori
Letter to Lord Kurushima Requesting that He Spare Lives
Letter to Yamazaki Hanzaemon Regarding the Famine

Appendix: Biographies

The Deeds of Master Tetsugen, Founder of Zuiryûji Temple
The Monk Tetsugen, from Biographies of Unusual People, of the Early Modern Period
Tetsugen’s Edition of the Complete Buddhist Scriptures, from The Elementary School Japanese Language Reader


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