This exquisite white resin Statue of Bodhidarma is handcrafted in Oregon, USA by Mission Studios, and is part of their "Kuanyin and Friends" Collection. The height of this statue is approximately 1.5 inches.
Bodhidharma, Buddhist monk who, according to tradition, is credited with establishing the Zen branch of Mahayana Buddhism.
One story about Bodhidarma states that, soon after meeting the Nan Liang emperor Wudi, Bodhidharma went to a monastery in Luoyang, where he spent nine years staring at a cave wall in intense concentration. Still another states that, in a fit of anger after repeatedly falling asleep while attempting to practice meditation, he cut off his eyelids. (This is one reason why he was often portrayed in art with an intense wide-eyed stare.) Upon touching the ground, they sprung up as the first tea plant. The first two of these legends are like others that seem intended to offer instruction in religious truths or in the importance of concentration in religious practice. The third provided a folkloric basis for the traditional practice among Zen monks of drinking strong tea in order to stay awake during meditation. It also provided an account of the introduction of tea into East Asia.
In this particular statue, Bodhidarma is shown seated with an intense wide-eyed stare.
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