I have come to this land to pass on the Dharma and to free it from error. A flower opens five petals, the fruit ripens by itself.Bodhidharma
After 28 generations of successors to Buddha Shakyamuni, Bodhidharma became the Dharma heir of the patriarch Hannyatara (Jap. for Prajñātāra) at the beginning of the sixth century. Bodhidharma embarked on a long and arduous journey to China, introduced Zen there and became the first Zen patriarch in China. According to early reports, he was already a hundred years old at that time.The legends about Bodhidharma are rich. Whether they are historically authentic or not, they have acquired deep significance in Zen teaching.