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The lotus sutra is written out in perfect characters by the Zen Nun Murase Myodo. The ink on paper Sutra is mounted in patterned lavender with Kinran highlights extended in green silk and ends with black lacquered wooden rollers. It is 26 x 52 inches (66.5 x 132 cm) and comes enclosed in a kiri wood box. There are a few faint scattered spots (see photos).
Murase Myodo was born in 1924 in Aichi, one of 9 children, a chance encounter with a nun in her village led her from the age of six pleading to join the sisterhood. Her parents finally relented, allowing her to enter Kogenji Temple in Kyoto at the age of 9. An adept student and writer, Myodo lost her arm and use of her right leg in a traffic accident in 1963. This is written with her left hand (she was right handed). Now the head of Gesshinji Temple in Otsu, she was as famous for her fiery yet virtuous nature as for her Shojin-ryori Zen Kitchen, and her life served as a model for an Asahi morning Television series. She is without a doubt one of the most vivacious and wry characters I have ever met. Well known within Japan, her works are so rare they are almost impossible to find.