husky and tough,
Watching with careful alertness.
With the Buddhist staff in hand.
Valiantly annihilates the evil.
to legend, this lohan, also known as Pantha the Younger,
was one of Buddha's favourite disciples. When he went
alms-begging he would bang on people's doors. One time
he did that, the old and rotten door fell apart, and
he had to apologize to the owner of the house. So Buddha
gave him a tin staff and told him, "When you go
alms-begging, you don't have to bang on people's doors
any more. Just tap this staff. If the people inside
want to give you alms, they will come out." The
tin staff had several rings on it and made a light noise
when tapped. The tin staff has become the symbol of