The Indian dhyana master Buddhabhadra was the first abbot of Shao-lin Monastery.
''Former Worthies Gather at the Mount Shuang-feng Stūpa and Each Talks of the Dark Principle'' contains the following reference to him:Dhyana Master Buddha says: "The extreme principle is wordless. The sagely mind is unimpeded." According to the Deng Feng County Recording , Bátuó came to China in 464 CE and preached for thirty years. Thirty-one years later, in 495, the Shaolin Monastery was built by the order of Emperor Xiaowen of Northern Wei for Batuo's preaching.
Bátuó's disciples Sengchou