Burying Daruma

This is my Daruma Doll.

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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.

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Once the goal is achieved, you fill in the other eye as a means of giving thanks.

IMG_3492And then, according to my friends, the doll is burned or buried as an offering. My Daruma dolls final resting place will be under this tree in my garden.

I received this doll for Christmas last year and set my goal, which I achieved this past month, so this morning I buried him.

Well done, pal!
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4 thoughts on “Burying Daruma”

  1. aaaaand you’re not going to share the goal? or is it personal, and the point is that it’s a secret between you and the Daruma doll? (I love this)

  2. aaaaand you’re not going to share the goal? or is it personal, and the point is that it’s a secret between you and the Daruma doll? (I love this)

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