The Indian prince Bodhidharma (known in Japan as Daruma) traveled from India to China spreading the practice of Zen Buddhism. At Shaolin Temple in Northern China, he sat in meditation without moving for nine years, as a result of which his legs withered away. According to legend, the monk Eka came to study with Daruma, but Daruma refused to respond and continued to meditate. Finally, Eka cut off his arm to prove his commitment to enlightenment. With this gesture, Daruma took him on as a student. In this print, Daruma sits unconcerned while the temple walls crumble around him, providing a window to the moon. As the building falls away, he moves closer to enlightenment.