Zazen said:chan isnt where "buddhism met taoism" for one, buddhism was already in china before bodhidarma arrived
bodhidarma was NOT the first patriarch of chan he was i believe the 28th(going all the way back to buddha), i have the lineage somewhere but not going into that..
bodhidarma was the first patriarch of the chan lineage in china though
chan was brought to china via bodhidarma who settled down in shaolin temple(a buddhist temple founded by ba tuo)
chan, taoism and confucianism were all influential to each other and chan or "zen" has branched out to many different cultures other then china and japan
i personally liked vaj's first interpretation of chan, the lima bean though is usually replaced with a mango or some other kind of popular fruit
really chan is probably the most simple and direct of the buddhas teachings, it stresses direct experience over belief and the practitioners are to base nothing on faith alone
actually.. it is exactly where the two met, according to my sources
i've got quite an interesting history on the two that i'd be happy to post if you are interested.
it will take me a little while to compose it all though.... it's quite long and involved.
when i'm speaking of the Patriarchs of Ch'an, i start at Bodhidharma, not Buddha and since Ch'an is a Chinese word, i presumed that was self evident