says .... The Dharma was a Buddhist priest. He
sat and meditated for nine years. When he finally moved to stand up, his
arms and legs were too stiff to stand upright.
Nothing can stop the teachings of the Buddha, the
Dharma thought to himself. I must move from village to village, sharing
with the people what I have discovered while meditating.
Since the Dharma could not stand up and walk, he
rolled from village to village, spreading his teachings.
... Daruma dolls are used as scarecrows in
fields to scare away birds and evil spirits. Daruma dolls are used as
characters in children's plays.The "wishing" daruma doll has a
face that is painted without eyes. One eye is painted on the
"wishing" doll when a wish is made. The second eye is painted
when the wish is fulfilled.
Darumas come in many sizes - from lifesize (and
larger) to dolls no larger than a fingernail. They're made of many
materials and are the creations of many talented artists.
You can make your own daruma doll out of clay. Form
your clay into a shape like an egg. Then, push a sinker (a weight) into
the bottom of your clay. Paint your doll's face. Leave overnight to