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One story about the life of Black-Faced Sect Founder tells he was born during the Song Dynasty (宋朝). His family was so poor that he had to be sent to a Buddhist temple to serve as a novice trainee.
Shortly before his death in 1109, Black-Faced Sect Founder visited a small hill nearby, named Lanshan (閬山), or High Mountain.
Because Crystal Water Sect Founder (清水祖師) started practicing medicine in Hemp Grass or Macao (麻草), he is also known as Macao Shangren (麻草上人) or Saint Hemp Grass.
Mahayana Buddhism crossed the Hindukush into China from India at the beginning of the Common Era(CE). At first, all the "deities," particularly the bodhisattvas, were imports from India.
The most famous Chan or Zen patriarch aside from Bodhidharma is Huineng (慧能). What is most important in Zen Buddhism is the ability to mediate properly; learning in history or philosophy is not as important.
While teaching his disciplines how to practice meditation, Bodhidharma (菩提達摩) found some of them becoming drowsy and starting to sleep.
An interesting old story about Bodhidharma, which must be viewed with historical skepticism because the dates do not jibe, says the Emperor Wu Di of the Liang Dynasty (後梁武帝502-550) summoned the Indian guru to his court for an audience.
Kung-fu action movie fans are familiar with the Shaolin Temple (少林寺) at Mount Shaoshi (少寶山) in the county of Dengfeng, Henan province (河南鄧封).
A score of Buddhist temples in Taiwan are dedicated to Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (地藏王菩薩). There are five in the county of Chiayi alone.
There is still another story about the birth of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (地藏王菩薩).
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