Astus wrote:Xueting Fuyu (1203-1275) established in Shaolin both its martial side and the Caodong lineage, and even today in China the Caodong lineage comes through him.
Zhanran Yuancheng (1561-1626), revived the Caodong lineage in the Ming dynasty, and his master, Cizhou Fangnian (?-1594), was from Shaolin.
i'm confused. i read a book on the history of shaolin and it said they were practicing martial arts long before the 13th century. there is a stele dating from the tang dynasty (618-907 AD, or thereabouts, i read it awhile ago) that talks about their fighting abilities in assisting the emperor in a military conflict. in fact it seems that some of the earliest members of shaolin temple were martial artists.
anyway, that aside. thanks for the names! i'll look them up. so i think shaolin at first was agama buddhist mostly, founded by a dhyana master, then at some point it picked up chan, and i guess later caodong specifically? interesting!
thank you very much for the great info!