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Son - the Buddhism of Korea

By Lyall, Graeme

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Title: Son - the Buddhism of Korea  
Author: Lyall, Graeme
Language: English
Subject: Religion, Buddhism, Buddhism and literature
Collections: BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network
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Excerpt: Following his Enlightenment, the Buddha instructed his disciples to spread his teaching in all directions of the world. It was not until the early years in the Christian era that his teaching eventually reached China. Around 520 A.D. an Indian monk named Bodhi Dharma arrived in Canton by sea. He eventually settled in the north of China where he founded the Shaolin monastery. Bodhi Dharma was the first patriarch of the Cha'an or meditation sect of Chinese Buddhism. It is suggested that Bodhidharma was born to the Pallava King Simhavarman between 440 and 470 CE. Although born a Brahmin, he was converted to Buddhism. His teacher was a monk called Prajnatara who came from Magadha, the birthplace of Buddhism. His teacher instructed him to go on a mission to China. The actual date of his arrival in China is somewhat confused. The recorded dates vary from 475 to 520. On arrival he was summoned to the capital Chienkiang by the Ling dynasty Emperor Wu-ti. The Emperor Wu was an ardent Buddhist who prided himself on his generous support of the religion. Legend has it that, on their meeting the following conversation took place.


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