Dissertation > Philosophy, religion > Religion > Buddhism > The analysis and study of Buddhism

The Evolution of Bodhidharma’ Image

Author LiuZuo
Tutor FangGuangZuo
School Shanghai Normal University
Course Religious Studies
Keywords Dharma the image change documents
CLC B948
Type Master's thesis
Year 2011
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Bodhidharma,dharma for short,the first patriarch of Chinese Chan.He was firstly reported in a book named ,Yang Xianzhi is the author.Daoxuan,a famous buddhist of Tang.In his book ,there was a biography of Dharma and it was the first life story of Dharma,called .Dharma´s image began to change as Chan´development and it became more complex and more unreality.The orignal looks was already vague,instead,the first patriarch of Chinese Chan developed.In the ming and qing dynasties,Dharma´s image turned up Chinese tend and Dharma became a Chinese legend.As the first patriarch of Chan,the Dharma´research is certainly very important.We research Chan almost touch the first patriarch of Chan,include his image and thoughts. But many Dharma´story is not ture.Because of the accumulation of documents,as a real historical person, Dharma´image became unclear.so there are many views about Dharma´research today This paper does not want to resume the real face of Dharma,or to explain the reason of this change.I just want to explore the documents about Dharma,then arrange them in proper order,draw the road-map of the change , in order to offer some data for Dharma and Chan´research in the future.This paper parted five.The first and second part mainly used some data to tell about the image´change from to .The third part mainly researched BD11491,this material include some message of the image.Next part talked about ,this book was written in Ming. Final was the condusion.

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