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達磨大師, Saint Dharma

  Dharma Daishi (達磨大師, Saint Dharma) is a Buddhist priest known as the founder of Zen Buddhism. It's said that he was born in an Indian rich family some year in 4 - 6 C. and became a priest in the country.


  Going to China, he trained himself by just sitting and looking at the wall in a cave at Shaolin Temple, the famous place for its Chinese kung fu, for 9 years. That is the origin of Za zen (Zen meditation) and it came to Japan in Kamakura period.


  Saint Dharma is the motif of Dharma doll.








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