May 25, 2017

Cremation of Mini Dharma

Shakuzō-ji Temple, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
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From Japanese Buddhist Statuary: The historical Bodhidharma (達磨, known as Daruma in Japan) was an Indian sage who lived sometime in the fifth or sixth century AD. He is commonly considered the founder of Chan (禅, Zen) Buddhism, and credited with Chan's introduction to China. Important Note: Zen is the term used in Japan, but Daruma's philosophy arrived first in China, where it flowered and was called Chan Buddhism. Only centuries later does it bloom in Japan, where it is called Zen. (Read more...)

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