Bodhidharma

Buddhist - A 6th C. Indian sage. He settled in China where he was known as Ta-mo, and established Ch'an Tsang, the Inner Light school of Buddhism. In Japan he was known as Daruma. He was so incensed at falling asleep after nine years' meditation that he is said to have cut off his eyelids, which became tea plants. He also lost his legs as a result of this long meditation and is depicted as a legless, lidless being, sometimes swathed in cobwebs, sometimes standing on the waves of the sea. On occassion, called Bodhidharma, Blue-eyed Brahmin, Blue-eyed Brahmin, Daruma, Daruma, Chinese Ta-mo, Indian Bodhidarma, Japanese Daruma, Japanese Daruma or Ta-mo.

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