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Tanlin's original is imprecise about Bodhidharma's travels saying only that he "crossed distant mountains and seas" before arriving in Wei. "
After Bodhidharma left the Emperor asked the official in charge of the Imperial Annals about the encounter. "
The Emperor regretted his having let Bodhidharma leave and was going to dispatch a messenger to go and beg Bodhidharma to return.
He is referred as "The Blue-Eyed Barbarian" (碧眼胡) in Chinese Chan texts. Modern scholarship dates him to about the early 5th century. Two popular traditions exist regarding Bodhidharma's origins.