A Prince, Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker of the Kiev Near Caves (12th century) left his family to become a monk. He worked in the monastery's kitchen, served as gatekeeper, and grew a garden around his cell; also, he funded two churches in the area. Saint Nicholas was the first Russian prince to accept monasticism; his brothers ridiculed him, and his doctor told him fasting had weakened him. Saying this the doctor fell ill and was only cured by the saint's prayers. (Oct 14)
Kogestu Sogan (1574~1643) Japanese chief preist of Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan and a devotee of Sado (Japanese tea ceremony). This scroll is about the philosophy of tea, "Guest in the host, host in the guest".
“An automaton of a monk, 15 inches in height. Driven by a key-wound spring, the monk walks in a square, striking his chest with his right arm, raising and lowering a small wooden cross and rosary in his left hand, turning and nodding his head, rolling his eyes, and mouthing silent obsequies. From time to time, he brings the cross to his lips and kisses it. After over 400 years, he remains in good working order.
"An old Chinese Zen Master once said, "From birth to death it's just like this!" ...We tend to imagine another place or time when it will become "more" - but this, right here, NOW, this *is* it. This is what counts. This moment.
I like the style of this drawing because it looks like it was old which also makes this character look very very old. It reminds me of a monk because of his robes and staff. He looks evil because it is an undead character.