Traditions: Daruma



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  • Description: The word Daruma was derived from the Sanskrit word “dharma.” This term was originally used for dolls that were shaped in the image of Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism, performing zazen meditation. Zazen posture typically involves folding one’s legs underneath themselves while seated. Today, daruma are thought of as various sized dolls made out of paper mache. The doll is said to bring good luck to its owner, as it is designed to return to its original position even after being knocked over. Traditionally, dolls are purchased without the eyes painted, and the owner will paint in the left eye of the doll as he/she makes a personal goal. Once the goal has been achieved, the owner will then paint in the right eye.
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