Shaolin Founders

There were two individuals that had significant impacts on Shaolin's history and origin. Batuo and Bodhidharma were both Indian buddhist monks that traveled to China to spread Buddhism. Batuo established the Shaolin Temple. Bodhidharma influenced the importance of martial arts and Zen Buddhism. Both entities played important roles in the founding of the Shaolin Temple.

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