Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dharma Dolls

Before Dharma become associated with a mysterious initiative on "Lost," it was the name of a deity in charge of one's righteous path.

It's also the name of a pretty cool little tchotchke you can pick up in Japan or (nearer to home) most Asian shops.

When you buy one, the eyes are blank and white. After bringing one home, you will think of a goal and fill in one eye, promising to provide the doll with full sight when your goal has been completed. The dharma (or daruma) doll will give you a little reminder to stay on task (and perhaps provide a little divine intervention as well).

And now you can make your own dharma/daruma doll out of paper, courtesy of the clever people at Canon's Creative Park: