No. In fact a historical analysis seems to indicate Damo never stopped at Shaolin and the 18 Hands were developed separately.
Originally Posted by EternalRage
bodi darma was a Puerto Rican guy. he was destined to teach china the 29 hands of san juan, but on the way to china, he stopped by japan, and Korea, creating the ancestors of Bruce lee, Mas Oyama, and Jigoro Kano. he then went to china to teach the 29 hands, but he died before he could teach all 29, leaving it at 18.
This was Ji Guang, not Damo. I think the first mention of Damo in a text is located in a Record of the Buddhist Monasteries of Luoyang (547) by Yang Xuanzhi. In it Damo is referred to as a Persian. Anyway, one of his other disciples- who may have had a grudge going for Hui Ke, said that Hui Ke lost his arm to bandits.
Originally Posted by Vile
Ji Guang's name was changed to Hui Ke. He is the 2nd patriarch in the Chinese lineage of Ch'an transmission. That is why old skool Shaolin monks only use one hand in their bow- to pay tribute.
One of Damo's disciples was a princess who became a nun, her nunnery is up the way a bit from the Shaolin Temple.
Also, another disciple indicated- his name was I think Tan Lung or something- he wrote a text called the 2 Entrances- he tells that Damo was the third son of an Indian King, and he was from the kshatriya- silent k- caste. As such, MA training in some form would have been open to him and I think reasonably assumed.
But Damo is not the first person at Shaolin to practice or bring martial arts, and the monks don't say he is. Unless they are new and clueless, lol.
The first men to practice martial arts in the Temple were two former soldiers, Wei Wong, and Seng Chou. They were disciples of the first abbot, Ba Tuo, so it is common knowledge in the Temple that martial arts practice there predates Damo's supposed arrival.
There is record of these two monks in some contemperary texts of the time, some of which were cited later- Taiping Guangji- which cites to older source materials, and one of the next examples of the monks fighting is recorded in a stele written by Pei Cui of the Tang, about a struggle between the monks and large groups of bandits- this was the first attack on the temple.
The legend transmitted to disciples and monks of Shaolin, for what it is worth, is that Damo contributed 4 "martial" practices. 1. The Yi Jin Jing, 2. the Xi Sui Jing- called by us sutras, 3. the Wu Xing Chuan, and 4. Lohan Shi Ba Sho, which became the foundation of a huge system in it's own right with multiple sets stemming off the original 18 "hands."
I'd also agree wholeheartedly with mutli-point origins of codified or system based fighting arts.
That just makes sense.
The best you can really say about this is that the answer is unkown and subject to debate. Good arguments exist on both sides making it inconclusive.
Has it been proven if he actually did introduce the 18 hands of lohan to Shaolin?
well...sort of...in several ch'an texts he is referred to as that "Blue Eyed Devil."
Originally Posted by Planktime
This probably has more to do with the fact that people with blue eyes in many cultures and societies were used as important message bearers, because it is easy to see when a blue eyed person lies, than any actual physical attribute possessed by Damo.
From the scroll images people draw of him, he has a rather interesting skull, that is for sure.
Wow. Is this analysis available online? Or can you give a reference? I would def love to read this.
Originally Posted by Matt Bernius
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I mentioned a good summary article in my first post:
Originally Posted by EternalRage
For a succinct overview of this, check out Chris Toepker's essay Damo: A conspiracy of ignorance
Toepker outlines a number of works that call Damo into question. It's a good quick read, and while not academically citing, it provides a good jumping off point.
nobody in Shaolin considers the Yi Jin Jing to be a "book." But I have seen ma's outside Shaolin refer to it that way.
He roasts what is supposedly a sacred cow, that Damo originated Shaolin martial arts, but as I have already mentioned nobody at Shaolin thinks that, because it is known that Ba To's first 2 disciples were both martial artists. Just because Damo did not originate does not mean however that he did not contribute. People tend to throw bathwater out with babies in these essays.
Toepker's assertion that Damo would not have used a written text is also a logical fallacy, as in some citations he was credited with using the lankavatara sutra.
The 6th Patriarch in his lineage wrote a sutra so what does that mean.
It's not a bad article overall, but I do think it is lacking in clarity.
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He was in fact a east Indian prince,from East India Know that a lot of east Indians are very dark some, :icon_rr: as dark as Afrikan people also remeber that he may have went though Afrikan to learn the many stiyles that he shared... :icon_rr: , ps I know there are so many things out there,?
Originally Posted by lumumba12
Actually, he was an Eskimo. He adapted seal hunting techniques into a Martial Art and taught it to the monks. The original Shao Lin Temple was an igloo, but it melted with the Spring thaw. He used that event as a metaphor to teach his desicples about impermanence.
Originally Posted by Oya Qhoze
It's a little known fact that the Eskimos, in addition to all Asians, were descended from the Olmec. That's why Bodhidarma was so dark. Contrary to popular belief, the migration across the Berring Straight was from the American continent, not the other way around.
And of course the Olmec were descended from visitors from another planet.
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