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Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769), Daruma

Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769), Daruma

Wall-Gazing Daruma 面壁達磨  Phallic Symbol. Details Here.  By Shaku Sōen 釈宗演 1860-1919.  Photo Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺.

Wall-Gazing Daruma 面壁達磨 Phallic Symbol. Details Here. By Shaku Sōen 釈宗演 1860-1919. Photo Tokeiji Temple 東慶寺.

Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769), Painting of Daruma

Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769), Painting of Daruma

Bodhidarma Scroll  In Zen art, the master does not paint Daruma as an historical figure (or even a saint) but as a symbol of penetrating insight, self-reliance, ceaseless diligence, and the rejection of all externals. In order to bring the image of Daruma to life with brush and ink, the artist must become Daruma. Thus, a Daruma painting is a spiritual self-portrait, based on the individual experience of each Zen master.

Daruma (Sanskrit: Bodhidharma)

Bodhidarma Scroll In Zen art, the master does not paint Daruma as an historical figure (or even a saint) but as a symbol of penetrating insight, self-reliance, ceaseless diligence, and the rejection of all externals. In order to bring the image of Daruma to life with brush and ink, the artist must become Daruma. Thus, a Daruma painting is a spiritual self-portrait, based on the individual experience of each Zen master.

Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769), Painting of Daruma

Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769), Painting of Daruma

Takeda Mokurai 竹田黙雷 (1854-1930), Daruma. A Rinzai monk at Kennin-ji.

Takeda Mokurai 竹田黙雷 (1854-1930), Daruma. A Rinzai monk at Kennin-ji.

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