Bodhidharma was born a prince in the Pallava Kingdom in South India. He was the son of the king of Kanchipuram, but at an early age, he left his kingdom and princehood and became a monk. At the age of twenty-two he was fully enlightened.

He was the second Indian Buddhist monk to travel to Southern China. He was born to King Sugandha in the late 5th century, after his born he became a member of the warrior caste called Kshatriya, grew up in a very religious atmosphere and later became a teacher.

Although Bodhidharma was from India, many of us do not know about him. In China, everyone from schoolkids to shopkeepers worship.He is like a god in the Shaolin temple.


Bodhidharma was very intelligent and was the favorite son of the king of a region that is now part of southern India. 

Father of Martial Arts

Bodhidharma is also credited with the founding of the martial arts beginning with Kalaripayattu. Today, a number of karate components such as kiba dachi, and Sanchin kata, etc. are attributed to the great monk.

While China has a long tradition of developing fighting styles, some believe that most modern systems stem from the teachings of Bodhidharma.

He is given credit for founding modern day Chinese martial arts after visiting the Shaolin Temple in the sixth century. It is said he taught various exercises to the monks there, laying the seeds for the fighting systems that are today collectively known as Kung Fu.

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The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

A fifth-century Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma is credited with bringing Zen to China. Although the tradition that traces its ancestry back to him did not flourish until nearly two hundred years after his death, today millions of Zen Buddhists and students of kung fu claim him as their spiritual father.

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