Chinese: Puti Damo
Bodhidharma
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,
Sengfu
, 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."
stories:
Blue Cliff Record, Case 1

Osho:

The White Lotus (entire book based on a
Dunhuang manuscript reputed to be of
Bodhidharma's)

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...

                                        --Osho
                          The White Lotus, ch. 1