Chinese: Puti Damo
Japanese: Bodai Daruma
born:  c. 450 --Kanchi, Pallavi, India
died:  c. 530--Henan Province, China

places:  India and China
Dhyan master:  Prajnatara (India)
Chan disciples:  Huike (China), Ni Zongchi,
, Daoyu, ...
Considered by tradition to have brought Zen from
India to China,
Bodhidharma was the 28th Zen
master after Gautam Buddha, and the 1st Zen
Patriarch of China.

--see page on
Kongxiang Zen Temple for more on
this semi-legendary unusual man, including
photos of his stupa in China.
Bodhidharma said:

"If you envision a buddha, a dharma or a
bodhisattva and conceive respect for them, you
relegate yourself to the realm of mortals. If you
seek direct understanding, don’t hold onto any
appearance whatsoever, and you’ll succeed. I
have no other advice."
Blue Cliff Record, Case 1


The White Lotus (entire book based on a
Dunhuang manuscript reputed to be of

Bodhidharma: The Greatest Zen Master (entire
book based on a Dunhuang manuscript, English
translation by Red Pine/Bill Porter).

Live Zen, ch. 1

Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt, ch. 1

Ma Tzu: The Empty Mirror, ch. 8

No Mind: The Flowers of Eternity, ch. 2, ch. 11

One Seed Makes the Whole Earth Green, ch. 3

The Zen Manifesto: Freedom from Oneself, ch. 7,
ch. 10
Chinese simplified
       oshobob  The Living Workshop                                        
                                                   Zen Masters
I am ecstatic because just the name of
Bodhidharma is psychedelic to me. In the long
evolution of human consciousness there has never
been such an outlandish buddha as Bodhidharma –
very rare, very unique, exotic. Only in some small
ways George Gurdjieff comes close to him, but not
very close, and only in some ways, not in all ways...

                          The White Lotus, ch. 1