From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Jit Majumdar

  1. the credo or doctrine of the Buddhas
  2. one who follows the doctrine of the Buddhas; follower fo the path that leads to enlightenment
  3. a famous Buddhist monk, philosopher and patriarch of the 5th century, hailing from southern India, who credited as the transmitter of Buddhist doctrine, philosophy and meditation to China and Japan and thus as the father of Chinese Buddhism and Zen Buddhism.