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Buddhadharma : Winter 2006
winter 2006| 58 |buddhadharma I don’t know what I am expecting. As we exit the van we are welcomed only by a chilly winter wind blowing down Bear Ear Mountain. The lonely mountain, just a few hundred feet high, conveys a sad sense that something important has been forgotten here. Naked land stretches for miles in all directions. We’re about an hour’s drive west of Luoyang, China’s most ancient capital, and a few miles off the new Luoyang–Xian expressway. We left the highway at an exit called Kwan Yin Hall, although no hall–and no Kwan Yin–were to be seen. A short drive south brought Bear Ear Mountain and the site of Kong Xiang (“Empty Form”) Temple, Bodhidharma’s final resting place, into view. My traveling companion is Red Pine, the well-known writer and translator of Chinese texts. We’re looking for Bodhidharma’s grave, but we have little idea of its exact location. I’ve gleaned only a few clues – from the Zen Lamp Records and a statement in Keizan’s Transmis- sion of Light – that it was at a place called Bear Ear Mountain. We are also keen to find out more about the second Chinese Zen ancestor, Huike. But we are even more in the dark about him. All we know is that he lived and taught in the city of Yedu, near the site of modern Handan City in Hebei province. A short walk from the road reveals a weathered stupa, the same color as the brown earth that sur- rounds it. Our guide tells us that it is a six-hundred- year-old marker of the place where Bodhidharma’s original stupa once stood. It appears empty and neglected, too frail to withstand the wind and dust of North China’s plain much longer. Red Pine and I circumambulate and bow to the small structure. The wind blows stronger, as if to argue that what we are honoring is long gone. Searching for Bodhidharma He’s renowned as the First Ancestor of Zen, but who was he really? Andy Ferguson journeys through China with author and translator Red Pine in search of the historical Bodhidharma and evidence of his original teachings.