Part 5: First impressions in  TO CHINA In addition to the drills and breathing techniques, medicine was also a special part of Bodhidarma’s training. The cure for several diseases lay in the amazing form of medicine called “Sarahasamruthi”. He was well versed in the art of mesmerism, the practice of which enables control of the 5 elements. Bodhidharma taught his expertise in medicine to physicians who came from several parts of China.  Through his ability to heal, people then realized he was a master, eagerly wanted to learn the act of self defense from him and the people of China would fondly called him Damo.  He explains Buddha through 8 forms: to feel with your mind, experience with your body, see with your eyes, smell with your nose, speak with your mouth, move with your limbs, walk with your legs, not just physical sensations but also spiritual sensations to help you understand what and where the Buddha is. Buddhism existed in China before Bodhidharma arrived, though it is his essence and unique messaging about the Chan teachings that made his teachings impactful and long lasting.  It is important to understand, however, that the introduction of Buddhism did not mean that the earlier concepts of the Dao, Qi and Yin/Yang have been superseded. Quite the opposite, these core elements of Chinese thought were incorporated into Buddhist practices, which is what made Chan Buddhism a uniquely Chinese discipline quite distinct from its Indian Mahayana roots. Sources: A History of Goju Budo by Kohai Prashanth Raghavan, 3rd Degree Blackbelt The History of Goju Budo by Kohai Dianne Hadad, 3rd Degree Blackbelt