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The dhyana master BUDDHABHADRA (Chinese : 跋陀; pinyin : BáTUó) was the first abbot of Shaolin Monastery
Shaolin Monastery
.

Former Worthies Gather at the Mount Shuang-feng Stūpa and Each Talks of the Dark Principle contains the following reference to him: "Dhyana Master Buddha says: "The extreme principle is wordless. The sagely mind is unimpeded." (Broughton 1999 :108 )

According to the Deng Feng County Recording, Bátuó came to China in 464 and preached Nikaya Buddhism
Nikaya Buddhism
for thirty years. Thirty-one years later, in 495
495
, the Shaolin Monastery
Shaolin Monastery
was built by the order of Emperor Xiaowen of Northern Wei
Emperor Xiaowen of Northern Wei
for Batuo's preaching. He either hailed from India or from Greco-Buddhist Central Asia.

Batuo's disciples Sengchou and Huiguang were both expert in the martial arts by the time they began their studies of religion with Batuo.

NOTES

* ^ A B Broughton 1999 :109 * ^ Meir Shahar (2008). The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-3110-1 . * ^ Broughton, Jeffrey L. (1999), The Bodhidharma
Bodhidharma
Anthology: The Earliest Records of Zen, Berkeley: University of California Press, ISBN 0-520-21972-4 . pp. 54–55. * ^ Kelly, Jeffrey J. (April 1994). "Amazing Stories From the Shaolin Temple". Black Belt Magazine. 'Ba was enamored with the Chinese martial arts, and actually recruited individuals skilled in them.'

REFERENCES

Broughton, Jeffrey L. (1999). The Bodhidharma
Bodhidharma
Anthology: The Earliest Records of Zen. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21972-4 .

Shahar, Meir. (2008). The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-3349-7 .

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