With the divine blessings of Bodhidharma, we launch this interactive platform - a humble initiative focused on realizing the Re-emergence of Bodhidharma in his homeland, Kanchipuram. To start with, we have two direct evidences of Kanchipuram associated with Bodhidharma. One is a relief panel depicting him in the style of a Mahayana monk that we recently (December 2018) discovered at the Vaikuntha Perumal Temple - an evidence stating the past presence of Bodhidharma in South India. The second is a record in ancient Chinese literature that describes his homeland in India by three Chinese characters “香至国” - which means nothing but “Kanchipuram”.
In March this year (2019), we initiated the Bodhi-Dharma Dojo Foundation. The Bhoomi Pooja and Ji Chin Sai ceremony were performed at the newly acquired land, invoking the soul of Bodhidharma to emerge again in this modern world, radiating the ancestral high spirit of Maitri and Mahakaruna. “Dojo (道場)” means “Place of Practicing the Path” where the highest paths are practiced - including martial arts. However, it originally meant a place for practicing Zen, a peaceful meditation. We call the land “Bodhi-Dharma Memorial Park”.
There is a story that deserves special mention here. When Bodhidharma set out from Shaolin monastery on his last unreturning journey, he left behind two texts, kept tightly sealed in an iron box. All efforts to open it were in vain. A wise monk then heated it and found two Sanskrit texts inside. One of them is called the “Change muscle/tendon classic（易筋経）” and the other, the “Wash-brain sutra（洗髄経）”. We seek to practice both the paths in harmony at our Dojo, realizing Bodhidharma’s high spirit.
“Bodhi-Dharma Memorial Park” is located at No.34, Kolivakkam Village, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu. A monument planned and designed by the World Association of Bodhi-Dharma (NPO, Japan) in 2014 has been installed in the Park. A single uniform mass of black granite was quarried out for this purpose from a mountain located in the north-western part of Tamil Nadu and crafted by GEM Granites (India) in 2015.
Our unique initiative seeks to bring great benefits to the world. The Bodhi-Dharma Memorial Park shall be a centre of cultural, spiritual, physical and social activity, bringing together humanity from all corners of the world. It would be our greatest pleasure and honor to receive your support in all ways, to keep the divine spirit of Bodhidharma alive and benevolent forever.