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From the beginning of the 13th century until the Meiji Restoration, an interesting order of Zen Buddhist pilgrim monks roamed in Japan: komusō 「虚無僧」, the “emptiness monks". Komusō represented the Fuke Zen Buddhist School, a branch of Buddhism originating from China. Their unusual and distinctive feature, the straw basket worn on the head, symbolized the “absence of ego".

Longmen Caves in Luoyang, Henan, China ~ one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art ~ There are as many as 100,000 statues within the 1,400 caves, ranging from an 1 inch to 57 feet in height ~ on UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding manifestation of human artistic creativity"

Buddhist Rosary - A mala (threngwa) is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists, usually made from 108 beads. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. In Tibetan Buddhism, traditionally malas of 108 beads are used. Malas are mainly used to count mantras. Shot in Leh (the old capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India.)

A Komuso (literally, nothingness monk) of the Fuke Zen sect, wearing a "tengai": a woven straw hat which covers the head completely. The tengai indicates the denial of self, taught by the practice. Komusa also carry and play the "shakuhachi", a bamboo flute. (Japan)

“Shiyui Bosatsu” Bodhisattva by Enku (buddist monk 1632-1695 ) Takayama Museum of History and Art, Gifu Pref. Japan