Bodhidharma life history


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         Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th/6th century and is traditionally credited as the leading patriarch and transmitter of Zen (Chinese: Chán, Sanskrit: Dhyāna) 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.

After Bodhidharma death :

   Three years after Bodhidharma's death, Ambassador Song Yun of northern Wei is said to have seen him walking while holding a shoe at the Pamir Heights.

  Song Yun asked Bodhidharma where he was going, to which Bodhidharma replied "I am going home". When asked why he was holding his shoe, Bodhidharma answered "You will know when you reach Shaolin monastery. Don't mention that you saw me or you will meet with disaster".

   After arriving at the palace, Song Yun told the emperor that he met Bodhidharma on the way. The emperor said Bodhidharma was already dead and buried, and had Song Yun arrested for lying.

   At the Shaolin Temple, the monks informed them that Bodhidharma was dead and had been buried in a hill behind the temple. The grave was exhumed and was found to contain a single shoe. The monks then said "Master has gone back home" and prostrated three times.

  For nine years he had remained and nobody knew him;
  Carrying a shoe in hand he went home quietly, without ceremony.

(Reference from Wikipedia)

Recent Telugu/ Tamil movie on Bodhidharma life
 (Surya's 7th sense movie on Bodhidharma )

        Bodhadharma is a real character who was basically a king of Pallava dynasty from Tamil Nadu in 6th Century. He was a expert in martial arts, medicine and hypnotism. He goes to China, saves their people from a deadly virus and teaches the the art of kung-fu. Eventually he dies in China on the behest of his followers.

        Arvind who presently works in Bombay Circus belongs the dynasty of Pallavas. Arvind is smitten by Subha Srinivas who is a bio-technology scientist. She submits a thesis which proves that the attributes and powers of our ancestors can be brought back to the current generation if the DNA matches. She aims to get back the powers of Bodhidharma through Arvind as he is having 83% match of the DNA. Meanwhile, a man is sent from China with evil intentions. The rest of the story is all about how Arvind rises to the occasion and destroys the evil powers.

TV9 30 minutes program on bodhidharma :

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