Could anyone tell me some background about the "cartoon" like painting of the man at the entrance to the temple (just after the kiosk where you buy your tickets)? I forgot to ask about it while there and am struggling to find any information online. It is also found at the top of this webpage - tenryuji. com /en/about/index.html .
I'd like to know if this is modern art work or more historical and what it's meant to represent....or really anything else you might be able to share!
The painting of Daruma
Visitors to the temple can see this famous painting near the entrance. Daruma
is credited with bringing Buddhism from India to China and founding the Zen sect
of Buddhism. So his image is often seen in Zen temples. Another image of him can be
seen at Tenryuji Temple in Arashiyama. He can easily be recognized by his big eyes and round head
My memory seems to be failing me but he is one of the disciples of the Lord Buddha.
I am not an expert, but the picture is similar to that of Bodhidharma.
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Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch. According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin Kung Fu. In Japan, he is known as Daruma.
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