This is my Daruma Doll.
He was given to me by my friends Tony and Rob who often bring them back from their frequent trips to Japan.
A Daruma doll is a traditional handmade Japanese wishing doll. He is modeled after Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk and creator of Zen Buddhism. The dolls are used to help grant wishes or achieve goals.
Here’s how he works. When the doll arrives, he is eye-less. You first decide on a goal or a wish, and then color in the left eye. Then you place him in a visible place so while he works on your goal, you remember to do the same.
Here’s this guy still at work on his goal.
Once the goal is achieved, you fill in the other eye as a means of giving thanks.
I received this doll for Christmas last year and set my goal, which I achieved this past month, so this morning I buried him.