Did Bodhidharma Exist and did he Meet Emperor Wu?
Many scholars say no, but I disagree.
The link below allows downloading a paper I've written that offers a new theory about Bodhidharma's life, previously unpublished in China or the West.
I submitted the paper or its contents to Chinese scholars at Beijing University and also the Huangmei High Peaks Zen Forum in the fall of 2010.
The paper is based on modern Chinese scholarship and my own analysis of old texts, plus field observations at sites reputed to be where Bodhidharma lived and taught in China. The conclusions of the paper are entirely my own. Andy Ferguson