China for Children: Bodhi Goes to China


  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00GHV0J16
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tommy Tong (November 29, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 29, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6118 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 30 pages

Tommy Tong (Author), Michael Blendermann (Illustrator) 


From the Author

To the Grand Poobah and his Duseydoer, the friends and mentors who gave me rod, line and lure. – 学生

From the Back Cover

It is time to meet a very important man in Chinese history!A monk named Bodhidharma crossed the Himalayas from India in his sandals tobring Buddhism to China more than 1500 years ago. He is considered to be thefather of Buddhism in China. He is also remembered as the father of Chinesemartial arts, having developed the early forms of Kung Fu to give his fellowmonks the strength and stamina to sit for long hours of meditation. Kung Fu isfamous for its protection of the weak and helpless.

This is a fascinating book that continues Tommy’s amazingjourneys through China’s colorful history. Worded with little ones in mind, hisstories provide educational nutrition for the entire family.

About the Author

Tommy has studied and taught martial arts for more than 30 years. It wasthrough his art that he came to learn of Bodhidharma and the relationshipbetween knowledge, peace, and power. It has been said that the path to happinessis paved with self-knowledge and Tommy has spent a lifetime in pursuit ofunderstanding himself.
Tommy’s first visit to the Shaolin Monastery moved himso deeply that he has since returned several times. While meditating in Bodhi’scave, Tommy was overwhelmed by the power that still remains 1,500 years afterBodhi’s departure. Some have speculated that Bodhi was drawn to the areabecause of its power. Tommy was drawn there by Bodhi and considers it to be hismost humbling and memorable experience.


Bodhi Goes to China is a story about a great monk who crossed the Himalayas in his sandals to bring Buddhism to China. He also happened to be the famous headmaster of the Shaolin monastery who gave us the basis of most martial arts today. Bodhi dharma is considered the father of Buddhism in China as well as the father of martial arts around the world. “I have meditated in the cave where he waited for nine years before being allowed in to the monastery. Whoa, what a trip! This is my favorite book!” – Tommy

— Tommy Tong’s epic children’s book series shares ancient China for kids in schools, living rooms and libraries around the world. The series highlights important Chinese facts and historical events from the early days of Chinese civilization to the present. His books are even used to teach Chinese kids English as they learn about their own colorful history and lineage. Did you know that the Chinese New Year celebration starts with the Spring Festival on the Chinese Lunar New year, involves hundreds of tons of fireworks, millions of lion dances, dragon parades and plenty of traditional Chinese food? The party lasts for two weeks and ends with a Lantern Festival in every community. And who better to share the tales of Marco Polo and Kublai Khan for kids? Isn’t it time to teach your young ones a little something about the history of China?

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