Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui



Zen temples and Daruma


Charms of Japan

I saw a powerful painting of Daruma when I went to Daianzenji Temple in Fukui City.
I wasn’t quite sure why Daruma was hung at a Zen temple, so I checked it out and found
that Daruma was the founder of Chinese Zen Buddhism, who was an Indian Buddhist monk.


It is said that Zen was introduced to China by the Daruma,
and it split into the five Zen sects such as Rinzai and Soto.
Then it also had a significant influence on religions in Japan.
Therefore, at Zen temples, they usually hang hanging scrolls depicting Daruma
as a kind of Buddha statue.


It is also said that Daruma faced a wall and continued meditating for nine years,
so in the end his arms and legs necrotized.
Daruma dolls which are familiar to Japanese represent the sitting figure of the Daruma,
and it is still widely popular as a lucky charm not only in the Zen sect. (H.S)