Sengzhao before Bodhidharma 

Bodhidharma is traditionally given credit for bringing Buddhism to China and is considered the first ancestor of Chan Buddhism.  But before him there were others.  One of them was Sengzhao, a disciple of Kumarajiva and was a principle translator.  His teachings already pointed to Chan/Zen.  He taught that ultimate truth could not be known through words and concepts but only through intuition/meditation.  Of course all of our information from that far back is based on subjective history.  Some scholars even doubt the existence of Bodhidharma while others claim there is evidence of two or more Bodhidharmas. 

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