Bodhidharma Retold: A Journey from Sailum to Shaolin, Vol. I

By: Acharya Babu T. Raghu (Author) & Sidharth Shanon (Ed.)

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The primary objective of this work, is to unravel the secrets around the enigmatic monk Bodhidharma, widely regarded as the founder of Chan (Zen in Japan) and Shaolin Kung-Fa. While the Zen school of Buddhism has millions of followers and is nowadays emerging as one of the most prevalent philosophies in Western countries, Shaolin Kung-Fa is one of the oldest institutionalized Martial Art forms in the world, giving birth to a plethora of other modern Martial Sports we have seen today. With such a vast number of Zen followers and Martial artists across the world being influenced by this one man who apparently founded these traditions 1500 years ago, it is unfortunate that much of his life is shrouded in mystery. This unique work is a pioneering attempt to unravel the mystery around Bodhidharma, the enigmatic founder of Chan (Zen) and Shaolin Kung-Fa. The two-volume research attempts a first of its kind comprehensive study on Bodhidharma's life and legend in both India and China-tracing his journey from a remote geographical location in the Southern part of India called Mt. Sailam, to the immensely popular Shaolin temple in Northern China. Volume 1 is devoted to a study on Bodhidharma's life in China. Contrary to the belief of certain modern scholarship that has reduced Bodhidharma to a mythical figure, the material presented first proves that historically, there lived a monk named Bodhidharma. The work then goes on to ascertain his role in importing, propagating, and essentially founding the culture of Chan (Zen) and Shaolin Kung-Fa. In a revolutionary effort, by drawing several parallels between the culture of Chan and Indian esoteric Buddhism, the study proves that Shaolin Kung-Fa finds its roots in Indian Hatha Yoga. In the process, several historical 'black boxes' have been scrutinized, leading to some radical findings that are certain to go against a few deep-rooted beliefs related to the life of Bodhidharma and provide a paradigm shift in this field of research. Printed Pages: 497.

Title: Bodhidharma Retold: A Journey from Sailum to Shaolin, Vol. I

Author Name: Acharya Babu T. Raghu (Author) & Sidharth Shanon (Ed.)

Categories: India, Biographies,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2017

ISBN: 8120841522

ISBN 13: 9788120841529

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 117094

Keywords: Bodhidharma Retold: A Journey from Sailum to Shaolin, Vol. I Acharya Babu T. Raghu (Author) & Sidharth Shanon (Ed.)