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Miraculous Tales
from the Buddhist Traditions

Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, Namo Kannon Bodhisattva

Miraculous Stories
from the
Japanese Buddhist Tradition


The Nihonkoku
Genpo Zen'aku Ryoiki


by the Monk Kyokai
of Yakushi-ji
on the west side of Nara

Translated by
Kyoko Motomochi Nakamura

Tales on the karmic retribution of good and evil from the oldest collection of Buddhist legends in Japan. Kyokai lived about 1200 years ago and was a contemporary of Saicho and Kukai, founders of Japanese Tendai and Shingon, respectively.

Volume One

5.

On Gaining an Immediate Reward for Faith in the Three Treasures

6.

On Gaining an Immediate Reward for Faith in Bodhisattva Kannon

7.

On Paying for and Freeing Turtles and Being Rewarded Immediately and Saved by Them

8.

On a Deaf Man Whose Hearing was Restored Immediately Owing to his Faith in a Mahayana Scripture

11.

On Gaining an Immediate Penalty for a Lifetime of Catching Fish in a Net

13.

On a Woman Who Performed Work in an Extraordinary Way, Ate Sacred Herbs, and Flew up to Heaven Alive

18.

On Recollecting and Reciting the Hoke-kyo and Gaining an Immediate Reward to Show an Extraordinary Sign

19.

On Ridiculing a Reciter of the Hoke-kyo and Getting a Twisted Mouth as an Immediate Penalty

22.

On Showing an Extraordinary Sign at the Moment of Death Owing to Devotion to Buddhist Studies and Spreading the Teaching for the Benefit of All Beings

28.

On Practicing the Formula of the Peacock King, and Thereby Gaining an Extraordinary Power to Become a Saint and Fly to Heaven in This Life

30.

On Taking Others' Possessions Unrighteously, Causing Evil, and Gaining a Penalty Showing an Extraordinary Event

32.

On Gaining an Immediate Reward for Faith in the Three Treasures, Reverence to Monks, and Having Scriptures Recited

34.

On Taking Back Silk Robes Once Stolen Owing to the Petition to Bodhisattva Myoken

35.

On a Nun Who Painted a Buddha Image out of Gratitude for the Four Kinds of Blessings and Gained a Power to Show an Extraordinary Sign

Volume Two

3.

On the Death Penalty in This Life of an Evil Son Who Tried to Kill His Mother out of Love for His Wife

6.

On Copying the Hoke-kyo with Utmost Devotion and Witnessing an Extraordinary Event

8.

On the Immediate Reward of Salvaging the Lives of a Crab and a Frog and Setting Them Free

11.

On the Penalty of a Fatal Disease for Abusing a Monk and Committing a Lustful Deed

13.

On Lustful Love for the Image of Kichijo-tennyo Which Responded with an Extraordinary Sign

14.

On the Immediate Reward of the Destitute Princess' Devotion to the Image of Kichijo-tennyo

15.

On the Reward of Copying the Hoke-kyo and Holding a Service for a Mother in Revealing the Cause of Her Rebirth as a Cow

18.

On the Immediate Penalty of Being Given a Twisted Mouth and Death for Speaking Ill of the Monk, Devotee of the Hoke-kyo

20.

On the Mother Who Had a Bad Dream, with the Utmost Faith Had a Scripture Recited, and Saved Her Daughter by an Extraordinary Sign

27.

On a Woman of Great Strength

28.

On the Destitute Woman Who Prayed to the Sixteen-foot Sakyamuni Buddha for a Share of Benefits and Immediately Attained a Great Fortune Brought by a Miraculous Event

31.

On the Birth of a Girl with Sari in Her Hand Owing to Her Parents Vow to Build a Pagoda

33.

On a Woman Devoured by an Evil Fiend

35.

On a Penalty of Immediate Death from a Bad Disease for Hitting a Monk

42.

On the Destitute Woman Whose Devotion to the Image of the Thousand-armed Kannon Brought a Great Fortune in Response to Her Wish for a Share of Benefits

Volume Three

1.

On the Tongues of the Reciters of the Hoke-kyo Which Did Not Decay in the Skulls Exposed to the Elements

4.

On a Monk Who Was Saved from Drowning in the Sea by Reciting a Mahayana Scripture

5.

On Bodhisattva Myoken's Incarnation as a Deer to Detect a Thief

6.

On the Fish Which a Monk Wanted to Eat and Which Turned into the Hoke-kyo to Defend Him against Popular Abuse

8.

On a Miraculous Appearance of Bodhisattva Miroku in Response to the Vow

9.

On King Yama Showing an Extraordinary Sign and Advising That People Practice Good

10.

On the Hoke-kyo Copied with Devotion and Reverence Surviving a Fire

12.

On a Blind Man Whose Sight Was Restored Owing to His Chanting of the Name of Nichimanishu of the Thousand-armed Kannon

13.

On a Man Who Made a Vow to Copy the Hoke-kyo and Who Was Saved from a Dark Pit Devoid of Sunlight Owing to the Power of His Vow

18.

On the Immediate Penalty of Violent Death for a Licentious Scripture Copier Who Copied the Hoke-kyo

19.

On a Girl Born of a Flesh Ball Who Practiced Good and Enlightened People

20.

On Immediately Getting a Twisted Mouth by Speaking Ill of a Woman Copying the Hoke-kyo

22.

On Being Repaid Good and Evil for Copying the Hoke-kyo and for Exploiting Others with Heavy Scales

24.

On Being Born as a Monkey for Keeping Men from Seeking the Way

25.

On Being Saved by Reciting the Name of Sakyamuni Buddha While Drifting on the Ocean

29.

On the Immediate Penalty of Violent Death Incurred by an Ignorant Man Who Broke a Wooden Buddha Image a Village Child Had Made in Playing

30.

On the Monk Who Accumulated Merits by Making Buddhist Images and Showed an Extraordinary Sign at the End of His Life

32.

On a Fisherman Netting Fish Who Was Almost Drowned in the Sea but Saved Owing to His Devotion to Bodhisattva Myoken

34.

On Gaining an Immediate Cure of a Bad Disease for Being Ordained and Practicing Good

35.

On Being Penalized for Abusing an Official's Authority and Ruling Unrighteously

37.

On Receiving a Penalty for Doing Evil because of Ignorance of the Law of Karmic Causation

38.

On the Appearance of Good and Evil Omens Which Were Later Followed by Their Results

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

The Post Modern Sutra for Opening the Eyes of Wooden and Painted Images

7.

The Seven Parables in the Lotus Sutra

8.

Santa is the Future Buddha!

9.

The Parable of the Raft and The Parable of the Poison Arrow in the Pali Canon

10.

The Wizard of Oz as a Buddhist Parable

11.

The tale of Dona the Brahmin's meeting with the Buddha from the Numerical Discourses

12.

The legend of Nichiren Shonin, a dog, and the Gingko tree at Jotakuji Temple of Nichiren-shu.

13.

Don's Early Adventures in Consciousness, from Baptist to Buddhist and the Beyond; or, Tales of a Spiritual DeviantNew

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