Born Deaf-mute as principle of retribution in Edo period

Suzuki Shosan
Zen teacher of the Soto sect

Suzuki Shosan (1579-1655) was a Zen teacher of the Soto sect and story-book writer in early stages of the Edo period.

Born in Mikawa (now part of Aichi Prefecture), he belonged to the direct vassal of a shogun who served the Tokugawa family.

He always considered life and death from his samurai days and became a Zen monk at the age of 42.

He contemplated on Buddhism as one of the believers, used the story book in Kana (Kana Zoshi) which was in fashion those days for those believers, writing the "Unfortunate Tale" (『因果物語』1661), etc. to explain the Buddha's teaching in an easy way.

In this tale, Shosan wrote:
"A certain person took the secondhand thing out of the temple dedicated to the Kannon, and made it firewood. By the punishment. his child born was mute."

Shosan described the principle of retribution, again here. Found is the influence of the Buddhism thought of those days about the deaf and mute, which therefore was believed by many people at that time.

Refrerences (English):
Suzuki Shosan:

Kana Zoshi:

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