He was the Buddhist monk who is credited for taking Zen to China.Bodhidharma Buddhist monk
who lived during the 5th/6th
century and is traditionally
credited as the leading patriarch
and transmitter of Zen (Chinese:
Chán, Tamil போதி) to China.
According to Chinese legend, he
also began the physical training
of the Shaolin monks that led to
the creation of Shaolinquan.
However, martial arts historians
have shown this legend stems
from a 17th century qigong
manual known as the Yijin Jing.
Little contemporary biographical
information on Bodhidharma is
extant, and subsequent accounts
became layered with legend, but
many accounts state that he was
from a Tamil family in Tamil Nadu
and possibly of royal lineage.
Scholars have concluded his
place of birth to be kanchipuram
After becoming a Buddhist monk,
Bodhidharma traveled to China.
The accounts differ on the date
of his arrival, with one early
account claiming that he arrived
during the Liú Sòng Dynasty
(420-479) and later accounts
dating his arrival to the Liáng
Dynasty (502-557). Bodhidharma
was primarily active in the lands
of the Northern Wèi Dynasty
(386-534). Modern scholarship
dates him to about the early 5th
Throughout Buddhist art,
Bodhidharma is depicted as a
rather ill-tempered, profusely
bearded and wide-eyed
barbarian. He is described as
"The Blue-Eyed Barbarian" in
The Anthology of the Patriarchal
Hall (952) identifies Bodhidharma
as the 28th Patriarch of
Buddhism in an uninterrupted
line that extends all the way back
to the Buddha himself. D.T. Suzuki
contends that Chán's growth in
popularity during the 7th and
8th centuries attracted criticism
that it had "no authorized
records of its direct transmission
from the founder of Buddhism"
and that Chán historians made
Bodhidharma the 28th patriarch
of Buddhism in response to such attaks.
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