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The Zen Snowman
The snowfall last weekend was not much. The white covers on the earth went away in a number of days. When we have enough snow, young ones may make, out of thick snow on the earth, a snowman. Japanese boys and girls, unlike the British and Americans, do not make a snowman with a long body and arms made of sticks. They make one by putting a snowball on another. The Japanese snowman with a short and round body is named "Yuki Daruma," or Snow Dharma. It was named after the starter of Zen Buddhism.

Dharma has been a common symbol of strong and quiet mind among the Japanese. A form of that Chinese man, with no arms and legs, as a plaything and ornament, has been seen in stores and houses.

The Snow Dharma, or Zen Snowman, keeps himself seated, in the cold wind, through winter days and nights. When a warm wind comes his training will be over. And his days on the earth will be over, with his head and body turning into water. The young ones who made him may give a sad word of parting, but they will have little thought of him after.

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