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Bodhidharma - The Kung Fu Monk

Bodhidharma is known for bringing Zen Buddhism to China. There is some dispute over whether there really was such a historical individual, but the following is what is generally detailed about his life. He was born in Southern India around the year 440 CE. His spiritual instructor, Prajnatara, told him to go to China so he traveled there by ship, arriving in Southern China around 475 CE. It is said he spent nine years in meditation, facing the rock wall of a cave about a mile from the Shaolin Temple. During his life he had very few disciples and died in 528 CE.

One of the stories about him says that he cut off his eyelids to stay awake in meditation and so is usually portrayed with bulging eyes. Legend says that tea-plants sprang up where his eyelids fell to the earth.

He is also credited with founding martial arts, Kung Fu. Bodhidharma devised this first as an exercise program for monks to strengthen the body for meditation and to defend themselves against bandits or invading warlords. He taught that martial arts should be used for self-defense, and never to hurt or injure needlessly.

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You must have a Buddhist Pagoda (not just a shrine) in your city to call a Buddhist Hero


BLESSES

Tea Curing Shed

1 unit is transformed into 4 once per blessing. Therefore if a shed is blessed you get 3 more units of tea from the harvest.
Watchtower
Evolves without the usual desirability, effect lasts for 6 months.


WALKER TYPES

Watchtower Guard
Buddhist Monk


HALVES THE BUILDING COST OF

Tea curing shed
Tea bushes
Tea shop
Watchtowers


CAPTURES ANIMALS

No


FIGHTER

Yes

Bodhidharma is a reasonably strong fighter, see the Hero Hit point table, but he can only be used for defence and cannot be sent abroad to conquer other cities for you.


OTHER BENEFITS

Satisfies Non-Player City requests for tea

Requests for tea will be met without using any of your own supplies. You still decide yourself whether to meet the request and when to meet it.

Delivers Tea to Housing
Bodhidharma will place 1 unit of tea in each common or elite housing structure he walks past.


ASSOCIATED MONUMENTS

Temple Complex
Grand Pagoda

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