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

A tale from the Nihon Ryoiki
of the Monk Kyokai

Bodhisattva Myoken [Chan-jan of Miao-lo-ssu] guarding the Gohonzon

Once there was a house in front of the Kisakibe-dera in Ate district, Kii province. As ten silk robes were stolen from the owners, they prayered devotedly through Bodhisattva Myoken in the temple. The stolen silk robes were sold to a merchant in Kii. Hardly a week passed before a gale hit, and the robes were whisked south on the back of a deer to the original owners' garden; the deer then disappeared in the heavens. The merchant who had brought them, hearing that they were stolen goods, did not ask for them back but kept quiet.

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Miraculous Stories from the Japanese Buddhist Tradition: The Nihon Ryoiki of the Monk Kyokai. Translated and edited by Kyoko Motomochi Nakamura. First published in 1973 by Harvard University Press: MA. This edition published by Curzon Press: Surrey, Great Britain. Copyright 1997. For non-profit educational use only. ISBN:0-7007-0449-3

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