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Thursday, February 12, 2015

No Beard

IN THE 5TH OR 6TH CENTURY, Buddhist monk Bodhidharma traveled from India to China and initiated the meditative sect that evolved into the Ch’an sect of Buddhism. 

Bodhidharma is pictured with a beard. 

Why then would Ch’an master Huo-an Shih-t’i ask, Why does Bodhidharma have no beard?

Lance Kinseth, Why Does Bodhidharma Have No Beard, 1995

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