View Full Version : Episode 15 - a "The ZEN of EVERYTHING" HOLIDAY SPECIAL!

12-27-2019, 02:23 PM

'Tis the season of many holidays of shared values ... peace, charity, forgiveness, gatherling together, new seasons and fresh beginnings ...

And so, our 'ZEN of EVERYTHING' podcast with Kirk and Jundo addresses all the pressing Channu-Koans for Zennies at this time of year:

ls it okay to put the "present" under a tinsel covered "Bodhi Tree"? Can Rohatsu become a holiday for the kids?

Should we sing Zen Carols? ("On the Eighth Day of Rohatsu, my Roshi gave to me, 8 Kyosaku wacks, 7 Rakusu backs ... ... 5 GOLDEN BUDDHAS!! ... )

ls "Frosty the Snow Daruma" a lesson in non-self and impermanence?"

ls 'Ol Saint Nick a Santasattva?

And what about "goin' home for the holidays" to mom?

Episode 15: I'm Dreaming of a Zen Christmas

The Link: https://www.zen-of-everything.com/15

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Gassho, Jundo


12-30-2019, 02:15 AM
Somebody asked about "Snow Daruma" ... or "Snow Bodhidharma." That is what a "snowman" is called in Japan:


The Origin of Japanese Snowman (Yuki-Daruma)

You might have noticed that Japanese snowmen look different from their Western counterparts. Let’s examine their origin.

雪だるま (yuki-daruma) – snowman
雪 (yuki) – snow
だるま (daruma) – Japanese form of dharma (Sanskrit). Bodhidharma was a monk who brought Zen Buddhism to China from India.

Yuki-daruma have two parts because they represent sitting Bodhidharma.



Gassho, J


01-07-2020, 06:26 AM
Thank you, I always enjoy the podcasts, fun and good learning/reflection too. I wonder who the European style snowman is modelled on??

Sat today, Tokan