Japanese kozuka daruma


Japanese Kozuka motif of Daruma meditating in cave.

98mm x 14mm

Bodhidharma (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 Zen Buddhism, He is said to have meditated  in a cave at the at a temple  for nine years.

Zen rose to prominence in Japan in the 13th century, after receiving support from the ruling Kamakura Shogunate. In this sect of Buddhism, images of patriarchs were especially revered because the relationships between masters and disciples are of primary importance to the transmission of Zen teachings. Zen’s founder Daruma is said to have originally  came from southern India.