"This painting

[Hui Ke Offering His Arm to Bodhidharma, by Sesshu] depicts a famous anecdote of Zen Buddhism. When Bodhidharma, the first patriarch of Zen Buddhism, was meditating facing a rock wall in Shaolin-si Temple, the monk Hui Ke came and asked to be accepted as his disciple. When Bodhidharma rejected the young priest, however, Hui Ke chopped off his left arm to prove his firm determination to the master. He was then accepted as a disciple."

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