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Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch. According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin kungfu. In Japan, he is known as Daruma. Little contemporary biographical information on Bodhidharma is extant, and subsequent accounts became layered with legend and unreliable details. According to the principal Chinese sources, Bodhidharma came from the Western Regions, which refers to Central Asia but may also include the Indian subcontinent, and was either a "Persian Central Asian" or a "South Indian [...] the third son of a great Indian king." Throughout Buddhist art, Bodhidharma is depicted as an ill-tempered, profusely-bearded, wide-eyed non-Chinese person. He is referred as "The Blue-Eyed Barbarian" in Chan texts. Aside from the Chinese accounts, several popular traditions also exist regarding Bodhidharma's origins. The accounts also differ on the date of his arrival, with one early account claiming that he arrived during the Liu Song dynasty (420479) and later accounts dating his arrival to the Liang dynasty (502557). Bodhidharma was primarily active in the territory of the Northern Wei (386534). Modern scholarship dates him to about the early 5th century. Bodhidharma's teachings and practice centered on meditation and the La
kvatra Stra. The Anthology of the Patriarchal Hall (952) identifies Bodhidharma as the 28th Patriarch of Buddhism in an uninterrupted line that extends all the way back to the Gautama Buddha himself. Bodhidharma also known as " The Wall Gazing Brahmin ".




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Bodhidharma. (C. Putidamo; J. Bodaidaruma; K. Poridalma 菩提達磨) (c. late-fourth to early-fifth centuries). Indian monk who is the putative “founder” of the school of CHAN (K. SŎN, J. ZEN, V. THIỀN). The story of a little-known Indian (or perhaps Central Asian) emigré monk grew over the centuries into an elaborate legend of Bodhidharma, the first patriarch of the Chan school. The earliest accounts of a person known as Bodhidharma appear in the Luoyang qielan ji and XU GAOSENG ZHUAN, but the more familiar and developed image of this figure can be found in such later sources as the BAOLIN ZHUAN, LENGQIE SHIZI JI, LIDAI FABAO JI, ZUTANG JI, JINGDE CHUANDENG LU, and other “transmission of the lamplight” (CHUANDENG LU) histories. According to these sources, Bodhidharma was born as the third prince of a South Indian kingdom. Little is known about his youth, but he is believed to have arrived in China sometime during the late fourth or early fifth century, taking the southern maritime route according to some sources, the northern overland route according to others. In an episode appearing in the Lidai fabao ji and BIYAN LU, after arriving in southern China, Bodhidharma is said to have engaged in an enigmatic exchange with the devout Buddhist emperor Wu (464–549, r. 502–549) of the Liang dynasty (502–557) on the subject of the Buddha’s teachings and merit-making. To the emperor’s questions about what dharma Bodhidharma was transmitting and how much merit (PUṆYA) he, Wudi, had made by his munificent donations to construct monasteries and ordain monks, Bodhidharma replied that the Buddha’s teachings were empty (hence there was nothing to transmit) and that the emperor’s generous donations had brought him no merit at all. The emperor seems not to have been impressed with these answers, and Bodhidharma, perhaps disgruntled by the emperor’s failure to understand the profundity of his teachings, left for northern China, taking the Yangtze river crossing (riding a reed across the river, in a scene frequently depicted in East Asian painting). Bodhidharma’s journey north eventually brought him to a cave at the monastery of SHAOLINSI on SONGSHAN, where he sat in meditation for nine years while facing a wall (MIANBI), in so-called “wall contemplation” (BIGUAN). During his stay on Songshan, the Chinese monk HUIKE is said to have become Bodhidharma’s disciple, allegedly after cutting off his left arm to show his dedication. This legend of Bodhidharma’s arrival in China is eventually condensed into the famous Chan case (GONG’AN), “Why did Bodhidharma come from the West?” (see XILAI YI). Bodhidharma’s place within the lineage of Indian patriarchs vary according to text and tradition (some list him as the twenty-eighth patriarch), but he is considered the first patriarch of Chan in China. Bodhidharma’s name therefore soon became synonymous with Chan and subsequently with Sŏn, Zen, and Thiền. Bodhidharma, however, has often been confused with other figures such as BODHIRUCI, the translator of the LAṄKĀVATĀRASŪTRA, and the Kashmiri monk DHARMATRĀTA, to whom the DHYĀNA manual DAMODUOLUO CHAN JING is attributed. The Lidai fabao ji, for instance, simply fused the names of Bodhidharma and Dharmatrāta and spoke of a Bodhidharmatrāta whose legend traveled with the Lidai fabao ji to Tibet. Bodhidharma was even identified as the apostle Saint Thomas by Jesuit missionaries to China, such as Matteo Ricci. Several texts, a number of which were uncovered in the DUNHUANG manuscript cache in Central Asia, have been attributed to Bodhidharma, but their authorship remains uncertain. The ERRU SIXING LUN seems to be the only of these texts that can be traced with some certainty back to Bodhidharma or his immediate disciples. The legend of Bodhidharma in the Lengqie shizi ji also associates him with the transmission of the Laṅkāvatārasūtra in China. In Japan, Bodhidharma is often depicted in the form of a round-shaped, slightly grotesque-looking doll, known as the “Daruma doll.” Like much of the rest of the legends surrounding Bodhidharma, there is finally no credible evidence connecting Bodhidharma to the Chinese martial arts traditions (see SHAOLINSI).

Bodhidharma (Sanskrit) Bodhidharma [from bodhi wisdom + dharma law, spiritual ethics] Wisdom-religion, the wisdom involved in the teachings concerning reality.

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1:Go beyond language. Go beyond thought. ~ Bodhidharma,
2:Not Engaging in Ignorance is Wisdom.
   ~ Bodhidharma,
3:Freeing oneself from words is liberation.
   ~ Bodhidharma,
4:Reality has no inside, outside, or middle part. ~ Bodhidharma,
5:If your mind is pure, all buddha-lands are pure. ~ Bodhidharma,
6:All know the Way, but few actually walk it.
   ~ Bodhidharma, [T5],
7:Regardless of what we do, our karma has no hold on us. ~ Bodhidharma,
8:In contemplation, one's mind should be stable and unmoving, like a wall. ~ Bodhidharma,
9:You should realize that everything you see is like a dream or illusion.
   ~ Bodhidharma,
10:When one transcends right and wrong, he is truly right. ~ Bodhidharma,
11:But deluded people don't realize that their own mind is the Buddha. They keep searching outside.
   ~ Bodhidharma,
12:Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either.
   ~ Bodhidharma,
13:Once you stop clinging and let things be, you'll be free, even of birth and death. You'll transform everything. ~ Bodhidharma,
14:Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. ~ Bodhidharma,
15:Externally keep yourself away from all relationships, and internally have no pantings in your heart; when your mind is like unto a straight-standing wall, you may enter into the Path. ~ Bodhidharma,
16:The highest truth is daiji, translated as dai jiki in Chinese scriptures. This is the subject of the question the emperor asked Bodhidharma: "What is the First Principle?" Bodhidharma said, "I don't know." "I don't know" is the First Principle. ~ Shunryu Suzuki,
17:Even if you have mountains of jewels and as many servants as there are grains of sand along the Ganges, you see them when your eyes are open. But what about when your eyes are shut?You should realize then that everything you see is like a dream or illusion. ~ Bodhidharma,
18:Every suffering is a buddha-seed, because suffering impels mortals to seek wisdom. But you can only say that suffering gives rise to buddhahood. You can’t say that suffering is buddhahood. Your body and mind are the field. Suffering is the seed, wisdom the sprout, and buddhahood the grain. ~ Bodhidharma,

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1:To have a body is to suffer. ~ Bodhidharma
2:Vast emptiness, nothing holy. ~ Bodhidharma
3:Buddhas don't practice nonsense. ~ Bodhidharma
4:Everything sacred, nothing sacred. ~ Bodhidharma
5:Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom. ~ Bodhidharma
6:The essence of the Way is detachment. ~ Bodhidharma
7:Go beyond language. Go beyond thought. ~ Bodhidharma
8:All know the way; few actually walk it. ~ Bodhidharma
9:"Go beyond language.Go beyond thought." ~ Bodhidharma
10:Go beyond language. Go beyond thought. ~ Bodhidharma,
11:Not Engaging in Ignorance is Wisdom.
   ~ Bodhidharma,
12:Not creating delusions is enlightenment. ~ Bodhidharma
13:"All know the way; few actually walk it." ~ Bodhidharma
14:Freeing oneself from words is liberation. ~ Bodhidharma
15:All know the way, but few actually walk it. ~ Bodhidharma
16:Freeing oneself from words is liberation.
   ~ Bodhidharma,
17:In order to see a fish you must watch the water ~ Bodhidharma
18:Reality has no inside, outside, or middle part. ~ Bodhidharma
19:To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss. ~ Bodhidharma
20:All know the way of prosperity only few walk it. ~ Bodhidharma
21:If your mind is pure, all buddha-lands are pure. ~ Bodhidharma
22:Reality has no inside, outside, or middle part. ~ Bodhidharma,
23:If your mind is pure, all buddha-lands are pure. ~ Bodhidharma,
24:"Reality has no inside, outside, or middle part." ~ Bodhidharma
25:The Buddha is your real body, your original mind. ~ Bodhidharma
26:"To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss." ~ Bodhidharma
27:The Dharma is the truth that all natures are pure. ~ Bodhidharma
28:The mind is always present. You just don't see it. ~ Bodhidharma
29:Our nature is the mind. And the mind is our nature. ~ Bodhidharma
30:Poverty and hardship are created by false thinking. ~ Bodhidharma
31:The mind is the Buddha, and the Buddha is the mind. ~ Bodhidharma
32:All know the Way, but few actually walk it.
   ~ Bodhidharma, [T5],
33:Not suffering another existence is reaching the Way. ~ Bodhidharma
34:Mortals liberate Buddhas and Buddhas liberate mortals. ~ Bodhidharma
35:Once you see your nature, sex is basically immaterial. ~ Bodhidharma
36:Regardless of what we do, our karma has no hold on us. ~ Bodhidharma
37:Someone who seeks the Way doesn't look beyond himself. ~ Bodhidharma
38:Regardless of what we do, our karma has no hold on us. ~ Bodhidharma,
39:To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature. ~ Bodhidharma
40:As mortals, we're ruled by conditions, not by ourselves. ~ Bodhidharma
41:Life and death are important. Don't suffer them in vain. ~ Bodhidharma
42:When one transcends right and wrong, he is truly right. ~ Bodhidharma,
43:Delusion means mortality. And awareness means Buddhahood. ~ Bodhidharma
44:"When one transcends right and wrong, he is truly right." ~ Bodhidharma
45:At every moment where language can't go, that's your mind. ~ Bodhidharma
46:To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. ~ Bodhidharma
47:The Way is basically perfect. It doesn't require perfecting. ~ Bodhidharma
48:All the suffering and joy we experience depend on conditions. ~ Bodhidharma
49:"To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity." ~ Bodhidharma
50:A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad. ~ Bodhidharma
51:You can't know your real mind as long as you deceive yourself. ~ Bodhidharma
52:Those who worship don't know, and those who know don't worship. ~ Bodhidharma
53:"A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad." ~ Bodhidharma
54:As long as you're enthralled by a lifeless form, you're not free. ~ Bodhidharma
55:"Those who worship don't know, and those who know don't worship." ~ Bodhidharma
56:If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won't see the Buddha. ~ Bodhidharma
57:Those who remain unmoved by the wind of joy silently follow the Path. ~ Bodhidharma
58:And the Buddha is the person who's free: free of plans, free of cares. ~ Bodhidharma
59:Trying to find a buddha or enlightenment is like trying to grab space. ~ Bodhidharma
60:Neither gods nor men can foresee when an evil deed will bear its fruit. ~ Bodhidharma
61:You should realize that everything you see is like a dream or illusion. ~ Bodhidharma
62:An Awakened person is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad. ~ Bodhidharma
63:Without the mind there is no Buddha. Without the Buddha there's no mind. ~ Bodhidharma
64:A buddha is an idle person. He doesn't run around after fortune and fame. ~ Bodhidharma
65:In contemplation, one's mind should be stable and unmoving, like a wall. ~ Bodhidharma,
66:"An Awakened person is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad." ~ Bodhidharma
67:"In contemplation, one's mind should be stable and unmoving, like a wall." ~ Bodhidharma
68:Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help. ~ Bodhidharma
69:You should realize that everything you see is like a dream or illusion.
   ~ Bodhidharma,
70:"A Buddha is an idle person. He doesn't run around after fortune and fame." ~ Bodhidharma
71:I do not need any writing, since I transmit teaching beyond words and ideas. ~ Bodhidharma
72:Our true buddha-nature has no shape. And the dust of affliction has no form. ~ Bodhidharma
73:The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They're not the Way. ~ Bodhidharma
74:I never lost or fail, not yet conquered. If I fall seven times, I get up eight ~ Bodhidharma
75:"The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They're not the Way." ~ Bodhidharma
76:Buddhas move freely through birth and death, appearing and disappearing at will. ~ Bodhidharma
77:Many roads lead to the Path, but basically there are only two: reason and practice. ~ Bodhidharma
78:And as long as you're subject to birth and death, you'll never attain enlightenment. ~ Bodhidharma
79:But while success and failure depend on conditions, the mind neither waxes nor wanes. ~ Bodhidharma
80:When we're deluded there's a world to escape. When we're aware, there's nothing to escape. ~ Bodhidharma
81:According to the Sutras, evil deeds result in hardships and good deeds result in blessings. ~ Bodhidharma
82:"When you observe your delusions, you will know that they are baseless and not dependable." ~ Bodhidharma
83:The Dharma is the truth that all natures are pure. By this truth, all appearances are empty. ~ Bodhidharma
84:Worship means reverence and humility it means revering your real self and humbling delusions. ~ Bodhidharma
85:But deluded people don't realize that their own mind is the Buddha. They keep searching outside. ~ Bodhidharma
86:Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either. ~ Bodhidharma
87:When you don't understand, you depend on reality. When you do understand, reality depends on you. ~ Bodhidharma
88:As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else, you'll never see that your own mind is the Buddha ~ Bodhidharma
89:Everything good and bad comes from your own mind. To find something beyond the mind is impossible. ~ Bodhidharma
90:"The farther away you are from the truth, the more the hateful and pleasurable states will arise." ~ Bodhidharma
91:"Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either." ~ Bodhidharma
92:But deluded people don't realize that their own mind is the Buddha. They keep searching outside.
   ~ Bodhidharma,
93:Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either.
   ~ Bodhidharma,
94:People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something - always, in a word, seeking. ~ Bodhidharma
95:The essence of the Way is detachment. And the goal of those who practice is freedom from appearances. ~ Bodhidharma
96:"People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something – always, in a word, seeking." ~ Bodhidharma
97:Unless you see your nature, all this talk about cause & effect is nonsense. Buddhas don't practice nonsense. ~ Bodhidharma
98:The mind is the root from which all things grow. If you can understand the mind, everything else is included. ~ Bodhidharma
99:Once you stop clinging and let things be, you'll be free, even of birth and death. You'll transform everything. ~ Bodhidharma
100:"The mind is the root from which all things grow. If you can understand the mind, everything else is included." ~ Bodhidharma
101:"The Way is wordless. Words are illusions … Don't cling to appearances, and you'll break through all barriers…" ~ Bodhidharma
102:Once you stop clinging and let things be, you'll be free, even of birth and death. You'll transform everything. ~ Bodhidharma,
103:"Once you stop clinging and let things be, you'll be free, even of birth and death. You'll transform everything." ~ Bodhidharma
104:Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. ~ Bodhidharma
105:To go from mortal to Buddha, you have to put an end to karma, nurture your awareness, and accept what life brings. ~ Bodhidharma
106:Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. ~ Bodhidharma,
107:"Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen." ~ Bodhidharma
108:The whole effort of a Jesus or a Buddha or a Bodhidharma is nothing but how to undo that which society has done to you. ~ Rajneesh
109:People who don't see their own nature and imagine they can practice thoughtlessness all the time are liars and fools. ~ Bodhidharma
110:If we should be blessed by some great reward, such as fame or fortune, it's the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past. ~ Bodhidharma
111:The farther away you are from the truth, the more the hateful and pleasurable states will arise. There is also self—deception. ~ Bodhidharma
112:Whoever knows that the mind is a fiction and devoid of anything real knows that his own mind neither exists nor doesn't exist. ~ Bodhidharma
113:The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion. ~ Bodhidharma
114:"The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." ~ Bodhidharma
115:The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion."
Bodhidharma ~ Bodhidharma
116:Sri Krishna's message is the message of anyone who comes from far away. His message is the same as Buddha, Lao Tsu, Bodhidharma, Milarepa, Padmasambhava. ~ Frederick Lenz
117:If you use your mind to study reality, you won't understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you'll understand both. ~ Bodhidharma
118:"If you use your mind to study reality, you won't understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you'll understand both." ~ Bodhidharma
119:Next on the programme was ‘A wife Eats Husks’, from ‘The Story of the Lute’, followed by ‘Bodhidharma and his Disciple Crossing the River’, from ‘The Pilgrim’s Path’. ~ Cao Xueqin
120:Leaving behind the false, return to the true: make no discriminations between self and others. In contemplation, one's mind should be stable and unmoving, like a wall. ~ Bodhidharma
121:The true Way is sublime. It can't be expressed in language. Of what use are scriptures? But someone who sees his own nature finds the Way, even if he can't read a word. ~ Bodhidharma
122:All Buddhas preach emptiness. Why? Because they wish to crush the concrete ideas of the students. If a student even clings to an idea of emptiness, he betrays all Buddhas. ~ Bodhidharma
123:This one life has no form and is empty by nature. If you become attached by any form, you should reject it. If you see an ego, a soul, a birth, or a death, reject them all. ~ Bodhidharma
124:But people of the deepest understanding look within, distracted by nothing. Since a clear mind is the Buddha, they attain the understanding of a Buddha without using the mind. ~ Bodhidharma
125:Whoever realizes that the six senses aren't real, that the five aggregates are fictions, that no such things can be located anywhere in the body, understands the language of Buddhas. ~ Bodhidharma
126:Externally keep yourself away from all relationships, and internally have no pantings in your heart; when your mind is like unto a straight-standing wall, you may enter into the Path. ~ Bodhidharma
127:Externally keep yourself away from all relationships, and internally have no pantings in your heart; when your mind is like unto a straight-standing wall, you may enter into the Path. ~ Bodhidharma,
128:When your mind doesn't stir inside, the world doesn't arise outside. When the world and the mind are both transparent, this is true vision. And such understanding is true understanding. ~ Bodhidharma
129:Bodhidharma who brought Zen from India to the Orient, taught a very pure Zen - in that it was pure Zen. He wanted to show that the way still existed and wanted to get back to its essence. ~ Frederick Lenz
130:The awareness of mortals falls short. As long as they're attached to appearances, they're unaware that their minds are empty. And by mistakenly clinging to the appearance of things they lose the Way. ~ Bodhidharma
131:Tantric Zen is for someone who is really broad-minded. It is Bodhidharma's Zen, your Zen, my Zen. Which doesn't mean I have a problem with Japanese Zen. Most Japanese Zen is minding your p's and q's. ~ Frederick Lenz
132:To enter by reason means to realize the essence through instruction and to believe that all living things share the same true nature, which isn't apparent because it's shrouded by sensation and delusion. ~ Bodhidharma
133:Don't hate life and death or love life and death. Keep your every thought free of delusion, and in life you'll witness the beginning of nirvana, and in death you'll experience the assurance of no rebirth. ~ Bodhidharma
134:To see nothing is to perceive the Way, and to understand nothing is to know the Dharma, because seeing is neither seeing nor not seeing, and because understanding is neither understanding nor not understanding. ~ Bodhidharma
135:The Way is basically perfect. It doesn't require perfecting. The Way has no form or sound. It's subtle and hard to perceive. It's like when you drink water: you know how hot or cold it is, but you can't tell others. ~ Bodhidharma
136:One clings to life although there is nothing to be called life; another clings to death although there is nothing to be called death. In reality, there is nothing to be born; consequently, there is nothing to perish. ~ Bodhidharma
137:Worship means reverence and humility. It means revering your real self and humbling delusions. If you can wipe out evil desires and harbor good thoughts, even if nothing shows, it's worship. Such form is its real form. ~ Bodhidharma
138:But when you first embark on the Path, your awareness won't be focused. You're likely to see all sorts of strange, dreamlike scenes. But you shouldn't doubt that all such scenes come from your own mind and nowhere else. ~ Bodhidharma
139:Externally keep yourself away from all relationships,
and internally have no pantings in your heart;
when your mind is like unto a straight-standing wall,
you may enter into the Path.
~ Bodhidharma, You may enter

140:But this mind isn't somewhere outside the material body of the four elements. Without this mind we can't move. The body has no awareness. Like a plant or a stone, the body has no nature. So how does it move? It's the mind that moves. ~ Bodhidharma
141:People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something, always, in a word, seeking. But the wise wake up. They choose reason over custom. They fix their minds on the sublime and let their bodies change with the seasons. ~ Bodhidharma
142:The mind's capacity is limitless, and its manifestations are inexhaustible. Seeing forms with your eyes, hearing sounds with your ears, smelling odors with your nose, tasting flavors with your tongue, every movement or state is all your mind. ~ Bodhidharma
143:A Buddha doesn’t observe precepts. A Buddha doesn’t do good or evil. A Buddha isn’t energetic or lazy. A Buddha is someone who does nothing, someone who can’t even focus his mind on a Buddha. A Buddha isn’t a Buddha. Don’t think about Buddhas. ~ Bodhidharma
144:The highest truth is daiji, translated as dai jiki in Chinese scriptures. This is the subject of the question the emperor asked Bodhidharma: "What is the First Principle?" Bodhidharma said, "I don't know." "I don't know" is the First Principle. ~ Shunryu Suzuki
145:The highest truth is daiji, translated as dai jiki in Chinese scriptures. This is the subject of the question the emperor asked Bodhidharma: "What is the First Principle?" Bodhidharma said, "I don't know." "I don't know" is the First Principle. ~ Shunryu Suzuki,
146:If you see your nature, you don't need to read sutras or invoke buddhas. Erudition and knowledge are not only useless but also cloud your awareness. Doctrines are only for pointing to the mind. Once you see your mind, why pay attention to doctrines? ~ Bodhidharma
147:We might think we can find a buddha or enlightenment somewhere beyond this mind; we might think we can find serenity, clarity, and meaning beyond this mind, but such place does not exist. Everything that appears is this mind, Bodhidharma says. ~ Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
148:Even if you have mountains of jewels and as many servants as there are grains of sand along the Ganges, you see them when your eyes are open. But what about when your eyes are shut?You should realize then that everything you see is like a dream or illusion. ~ Bodhidharma
149:Even if you have mountains of jewels and as many servants as there are grains of sand along the Ganges, you see them when your eyes are open. But what about when your eyes are shut?You should realize then that everything you see is like a dream or illusion. ~ Bodhidharma,
150:"To find a buddha, all you have to do is see your nature. Your nature is the buddha. And the buddha is the person who's free, free of plans, free of cares. If you don't see your nature and run around all day looking somewhere else, you'll never find a buddha." ~ Bodhidharma
151:To have a body is to suffer. Does anyone with a body know peace? Those who understand this detach themselves from all that exists and stop imagining or seeking anything. The sutras say, "To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss." When you seek nothing, you're on the Path. ~ Bodhidharma
152:When mortals are alive, they worry about death. When they're full, they worry about hunger. Theirs is the Great Uncertainty. But sages don't consider the past. And they don't worry about the future. Nor do they cling to the present. And from moment to moment they follow the Way. ~ Bodhidharma
153:Still others commit all sorts of evil deeds, claiming karma doesn't exist. They erroneously maintain that since everything is empty, committing evil isn't wrong. Such persons fall into a hell of endless darkness with no hope of release. Those who are wise hold no such conception. ~ Bodhidharma
154:Every suffering is a buddha-seed, because suffering impels mortals to seek wisdom. But you can only say that suffering gives rise to buddhahood. You can’t say that suffering is buddhahood. Your body and mind are the field. Suffering is the seed, wisdom the sprout, and buddhahood the grain. ~ Bodhidharma
155:Every suffering is a buddha-seed, because suffering impels mortals to seek wisdom. But you can only say that suffering gives rise to buddhahood. You can’t say that suffering is buddhahood. Your body and mind are the field. Suffering is the seed, wisdom the sprout, and buddhahood the grain. ~ Bodhidharma,
156:People of this world are deluded. They’re always longing for something-always, in a word, seeking. But the wise wake up. They choose reason over custom. They fix their minds on the sublime and let their bodies change with the seasons. All phenomena are empty. They contain nothing worth desiring. ~ Bodhidharma
157:A buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad. Such is his power that karma can't hold him. No matter what kind of karma, a buddha transforms it. Heaven and hell are nothing to him. But the awareness of a mortal is dim compared to that of a buddha, who penetrates everything, inside and out. ~ Bodhidharma
158:Not thinking about anything is zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is zen. To know that the mind is empty is to see the buddha.... Using the mind to reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing oneself from words is liberation. ~ Bodhidharma
159:Bodhidharma brought Zen Buddhism from India to China. He was well known for being fierce and uncompromising. There is a story about how he kept nodding off during meditation, so he cut off his eyelids. When he threw them on the ground, they turned into a tea plant, and then he realized he could simply drink the tea to stay awake! ~ Pema Ch dr n
160:The Buddha is your real body, your original mind. This mind has no form or characteristics, no cause or effect, no tendons or bones. It's like space. You can't hold it. It's not the mind of materialists or nihilists. If you don't see your own miraculously aware nature, you'll never find a Buddha, even if you break your body into atoms. ~ Bodhidharma
161:finally I went over to an old cook in the doorway of the kitchen and asked him “Why did Bodhidharma come from the West?” (Bodhidharma was the Indian who brought Buddhism eastward to China.) “I don’t care,” said the old cook, with lidded eyes, and I told Japhy and he said, “Perfect answer, absolutely perfect. Now you know what I mean by Zen. ~ Jack Kerouac
162:When the mortal mind appears, buddhahood disappears. When the mortal mind disappears, buddhahood appears. When the mind appears, reality disappears. When the mind disappears, reality appears. Whoever knows that nothing depends on anything has found the Way. And whoever knows that the mind depends on nothing is always at the place of enlightenment. ~ Bodhidharma
163:The mind is the root from which all things grow if you can understand the mind, everything else is included. It’s like the root of a tree. All a tree’s fruit and flowers, branches and leaves depend on its root. If you nourish its root, a tree multiplies. If you cut its root, it dies. Those who understand the mind reach enlightenment with minimal effort. ~ Bodhidharma
164:To find Buddha, you have to see your nature. Whoever sees his nature is a Buddha. If you don't see your nature, invoking buddhas, reciting sutras, making offerings, and keeping precepts are all useless. Invoking buddhas results in good karma, reciting sutras results in a good memory, keeping precepts results in good rebirth, and making offerings results in future blessings-but no Buddha. ~ Bodhidharma
165:If you use your mind to study reality, you won't understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you'll understand both. . . . The mind and the world are opposites, and vision arises where they meet. When your mind doesn't stir inside, the world doesn't arise outside. When the world and the mind are both transparent, this is true vision. And such understanding is true understanding. ~ Bodhidharma
166:Poem by Stonehouse

"I was a Zen monk who didn't know Zen
so I chose the woods for the years I had left
a robe made of patches over my body
a belt of bamboo around my waist
mountains and streams explain Bodhidharma's meaning
flower smiles and birdsongs reveal the hidden key
sometimes I sit on a flat-topped rock
after midnight cloudless nights when the moon fills the sky"

Translated by Red Pine ~ Red Pine
167:Emperor Wu asked Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism in China, how much merit he had earned by building temples all over the country. Bodhidharma said, “None whatsoever.” But if you wash one dish in mindfulness, if you build one small temple while dwelling deeply in the present moment — not wanting to be anywhere else, not caring about fame or recognition — the merit from that act will be boundless, and you will feel very happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
168:A deluded mind is hell.
Without delusions.
the mind is the country of the Buddhas.
When the mind creates the idea of the mind.
people are deluded and in hell.

Those established on the path to Buddhahood
dont use the mind to create the idea
of the mind and so are always
in the country of the Buddhas.

Bodhidharma



From: The Wisdom of the Zen Masters

Edited: Timothy Freke

~ Bodhidharma, A deluded Mind

169:. . . the fools of this world prefer to look for sages far away. They don't believe that the wisdom of their own mind is the sage . . . the sutras say, "Mind is the teaching." But people of no understanding don't believe in their own mind or that by understanding this teaching they can become a sage. They prefer to look for distant knowledge and long for things in space, buddha-images, light, incense, and colors. They fall prey to falsehood and lose their minds to insanity. ~ Bodhidharma
170:If you know that everything comes from the mind, don't become attached. Once attached, you're unaware. But once you see your own nature, the entire Canon becomes so much prose. It's thousands of sutras and shastras only amount to a clear mind. Understanding comes in midsentence. What good are doctrines? The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They're not the Way. The Way is wordless. Words are illusions. . . . Don't cling to appearances, and you'll break through all barriers. . . . ~ Bodhidharma
171:Unless you see your nature, you shouldn't go around criticizing the goodness of others. There's no advantage in deceiving yourself. Good and bad are distinct. Cause and effect are clear. But fools don't believe and fall straight into a hell of endless darkness without even knowing it. What keeps them from believing is the heaviness of their karma. They're like blind people who don't believe there's such a thing as light. Even if you explain it to them, they still don't believe, because they're blind. How can they possibly distinguish light? ~ Bodhidharma
172:When one of the emperors of China asked Bodhidharma (the Zen master who brought Zen from India to China) what enlightenment was, his answer was, “Lots of space, nothing holy.” Meditation is nothing holy. Therefore there’s nothing that you think or feel that somehow gets put in the category of “sin.” There’s nothing that you can think or feel that gets put in the category of “bad.” There’s nothing that you can think or feel that gets put in the category of “wrong.” It’s all good juicy stuff—the manure of waking up, the manure of achieving enlightenment, the art of living in the present moment. ~ Pema Ch dr n
173:our nature is the mind. and the mind is our nature.this nature is the same as the mind of all buddhas. buddhas of the past and future only transmit this mind. beyond this mind there’s no buddha anywhere.but deluded people don’t realize that their own mind is the buddha.they keep searching outside.they never stop invoking buddhas or worshipping buddhas and wondering where is the buddha? don’t indulge in such illusions. just know your mind. beyond your mind there’s no other buddha.the sutras say, "everything that has form is an illusion."they also say, "wherever you are, there’s a buddha." your mind is the buddha. don’t use a buddha to worship a buddha. ~ Bodhidharma
174:Wordly fools search for exotic masters.
not realizing that their own mind is the master.





The greatest gift to others
is to freely relinquish yourself.





When the mind is always moving, you travel
from one hell to the next hell.





If you use your mind to try and understand reality.
you will understand neither your mind nor reality.

If you try and understand reality without using your mind.
you will understand both your mind and reality.



Bodhidharma

From: The Wisdom of the Zen Masters

Edited: Timothy Freke
~ Bodhidharma, The Greatest Gift

175:Through endless ages, the mind has never changed

It has not lived or died, come or gone, gained or lost.

It isnt pure or tainted, good or bad, past or future.
true or false, male or female. It isnt reserved for
monks or lay people, elders to youths, masters or
idiots, the enlightened or unenlightened.

It isnt bound by cause and effect and doesnt
struggle for liberation. Like space, it has no form.

You cant own it and you cant lose it. Mountains.
rivers or walls cant impede it. But this mind is
ineffable and difficult to experience. It is not the
mind of the senses. So many are looking for this

mind, yet it already animates their bodies.

It is theirs, yet they dont realize it.



Bodhidharma

From: The Wisdom of the Zen Masters

Edited: Timothy Freke

~ Bodhidharma, Endless Ages

176:He invited the Indian scholar Paramartha to come and set up a Translation Bureau for Buddhist texts, and the scholar stayed for twenty-three years. He invited the great Bodhidharma, the twenty-eighth patriarch after the Shakyamuni Buddha, to come from Kanchipuram in India, near the Temple of the Golden Lizard, but their meeting was disappointing. The Emperor asked Bodhidharma what merit he had accumulated by building monasteries and stupas in his kingdom. “No merit” was the reply. He asked what was the supreme meaning of sacred truth. “The expanse of emptiness. Nothing sacred.” Finally, the Emperor pointed at Bodhidharma and said, “Who is that before Us?” “Don’t know,” said Bodhidharma. The Emperor didn’t understand. So Bodhidharma left Ch’ien-k’ang and wandered until he came to the Shao-lin Monastery, where he sat motionless for nine years facing a wall, and then transmitted his teachings, the origin of Ch’an in China and Japanese Zen. ~ Eliot Weinberger
177:Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Bodhidharma, Sosan – they are the Masters of this law of reverse effect. And this is the difference between Yoga and Zen. Yoga makes every effort and Zen makes no effort, and Zen is truer than any Yoga. But Yoga appeals, because as far as you are concerned doing is easy – howsoever hard, but doing is easy.

Non-doing is difficult. If someone says, ”Don’t do anything,” you are at a loss. You again ask, ”What to do?” If someone says, ”Don’t do anything,” that is the most difficult thing for you. It should not be so if you understand.

Non-doing does not require any qualification. Doing may require qualification, doing may require practice. Non-doing requires no practice. That’s why Zen says enlightenment can happen in a single moment – because it is not a question of how to bring it, it is a question of how to allow it. It is just like sleep: you relax and it is there, you relax and it pops up. It is struggling within your heart to come up. You are not allowing it because you have too much activity on the surface. ~ Osho
178:translated by Richard B. Clarke Practice of Meditation by Zen Master Dogen TRUTH is perfect and complete in itself. It is not something newly discovered; it has always existed. Truth is not far away; it is ever present. It is not something to be attained since not one of your steps leads away from it. Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things. The slightest movement of your dualistic thought will prevent you from entering the palace of meditation and wisdom. The Buddha meditated for six years, Bodhidharma for nine. The practice of meditation is not a method for the attainment of realization—it is enlightenment itself. Your search among books, word upon word, may lead you to the depths of knowledge, but it is not the way to receive the reflection of your true self. When you have thrown off your ideas as to mind and body, the original truth will fully appear. Zen is simply the expression of truth; therefore longing and striving are not the true attitudes of Zen. To actualize the blessedness of meditation you should practice with pure intention and firm determination. Your meditation room should be clean and quiet. Do not dwell in ~ Jack Kornfield

IN CHAPTERS



   3 Zen
   3 Poetry
   3 Buddhism
   1 Psychology
   1 Mythology


   3 Bodhidharma


   3 The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma
   3 Bodhidharma - Poems
   2 The Gateless Gate
   2 The Blue Cliff Records


1.01 - The Highest Meaning of the Holy Truths, #The Blue Cliff Records, #Yuanwu Keqin, #Zen
  
  Emperor Wu of Liang asked the great master Bodhidharma, 1
  "What
  --
   Bodhidharma said, "Empty, without holiness."3 The Emperor
  said, "Who is facing me?"4 Bodhidharma replied, "I don't
  know."5
  --
  
  should be given thirty blows. Bodhidharma has come.
  10. After all this is Emperor Wu's understanding of Bodhidharma's
  
  --
  11. Chih explains haphazardly. The elbow doesn't bend outwards.
  12. After all, Bodhidharma couldn't be held. As I said before, Wu is
  
  --
  
  From afar Bodhidharma saw that this country (China) had
  people capable of the Great Vehicle, so he came by sea, intent
  --
  called him the Buddha Heart Emperor.
  When Bodhidharma first met Emperor Wu, the Emperor
  asked, "I have built temples and ordained monks; what merit
  is there in this?" Bodhidharma said, "There is no merit." He
  immediately doused the Emperor with dirty water. If you can
  --
   Bodhidharma, "What is the highest meaning of the holy
  truths?" Bodhidharma answered, "Empty, without holiness."
  No monk in the world can leap clear of this. Bodhidharma
  gives them a single swordblow that cuts off everything. These
  --
  peace." All this amounts to creating complications; still, it
  does not stop Bodhidharma from smashing the lacquer bucketh
  for others. Among all, Bodhidharma is most extraordinary. So
  it is said, "If you can penetrate a single phrase, at the same
  --
  notions of self and others, he asked another question, "Who is
  facing me?" Bodhidharma's compassion was excessive; again
  he addressed him, saying, "I don't know." At this, Emperor Wu
  was taken aback; he did not know what Bodhidharma meant.
  When you get to this point, as to whether there is something or
  --
  He also said, "Who wants to summon him back?"
  Since Emperor Wu did not understand, Bodhidharma se
  cretly left the country; all this old fellow got was embarrass
  --
  belonged to a northern tribe named Toba, who were later to
  call themselves Chinese. When Bodhidharma arrived there, he
  did not appear for any more audiences, but went directly to
  --
  peror said, "I don't know." Tell me, is this ("I don't know") the
  same as what Bodhidharma said, or is it different? In appear
  ance it indeed seems the same, but in reality isn't. People often
  misunderstand and say, "Before, when Bodhidharma said 'I
  don't know' he was replying about Ch'an; later, when Emperor
  --
  transmitting the Buddha Mind Seal." The Emperor felt regret
  and was going to send an emissary to bring Bodhidharma back.
  How stupid! When Chih said, "This is Mahasattva Avalokites
  --
  According to tradition, Master Chih died in the year 514,
  while Bodhidharma came to Liang in 520; since there is a seven
  year discrepancy, why is it said that the two met? This must be
  --
  will not discuss this matter now. All that's important is to
  understand the gist of the matter. Tell me, Bodhidharma is
  Avalokitesvara, Master Chih is Avalokitesvara, but which is
  --
  there two? But why only two? They are legion.
  Later in Wei, Bodhidharma debated with the Vinaya Master
  Kuang T'ung and the canonical master Bodhiruci. The Master
  --
  up with this, and instead developed feelings of malevolence
  and tried to poison Bodhidharma several times. On the sixth
  attempt, since his mission was completed and he had found
  someone to succeed to the Dharma, Bodhidharma made no
  further attempt to save himself, but sat upright and passed on.
  --
  shoe in his hand, returning (to India).
  Emperor Wu mourned Bodhidharma's death and personally
  wrote an inscription for his monument. It read, "Alas! I saw
  --
  lightenment instantly."
  Tell me, where is Bodhidharma right now? You've stumbled
  past him without even realizing it.
  --
  vainly reflecting back." Obviously Wu is not a powerful man.
  Tell me, where is Bodhidharma? If you see Bodhidharma, then
  you see where Hsueh Tou helps people in the end.
  --
  Hui K'e (Shen Kuang), the future Second Patriarch, to pacify his
  mind for him; Bodhidharma said, "Bring me your mind and I will
  pacify it for you." Hui K'e said, "When I search for my mind, I
  cannot find it." Bodhidharma said, "I have pacified your mind for
  you." At this Hui K'e was enlightened.

1.02 - Outline of Practice, #The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, #Bodhidharma, #Buddhism

1.02 - The Ultimate Path is Without Difficulty, #The Blue Cliff Records, #Yuanwu Keqin, #Zen
  In a dead tree the dragon murmurs are not yet exhausted.
  **Bah! The dead tree blooms again. Bodhidharma
  travels through the eastern land.*

1.03 - Bloodstream Sermon, #The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, #Bodhidharma, #Buddhism

1.03 - To Layman Ishii, #Beating the Cloth Drum Letters of Zen Master Hakuin, #unset, #Philosophy
  I gave a sigh, and said, "Boku, come over here. I want you to listen to what I say. In studying Zen, it is necessary to pierce completely through when you penetrate to the source. It is the same with all the workings of heaven and earth. The wonderful transformation of springtime does not take place without the winter's severity, the intense cold that makes the hundred plants and grasses fade and shrivel, the bamboo split and shatter. But with the advent of spring, the ten thousand buds and blossoms emerge, rivaling one another with their charms and beauties. Hence the saying, 'To make something grow and develop, you must cut it back. To make something flourish, you must check its progress.'
  "Long ago, when the First Patriarch Bodhidharma was living in seclusion doing zazen at Shao-shih, he had a student named Hui-k'o. Hui-k'o possessed outstanding talent and learning, and a dauntless and heroic spirit. For three years he continued to refine his attainment while serving as
   Bodhidharma's attendant. Untold hardship and suffering were his constant companions.
  
  "Today's students practice the Way clothed in warm garments and get plenty to eat, and they are as soft and weak as the eldest son of a wealthy family. Could any of them venture to stand stalwart and resolute in a courtyard on a bitterly cold night like Hui-k'o? Buried up to the waist in icy snow like a stack of firewood? Suffering of this intensity cannot be endured unless one is made of stone or metal, or has wooden legs like a statue. The marrow-chilling cold of the northern Wei winter constantly penetrated the thin cotton robe he wore, but he stood resolutely and silently through that adversity until dawn, never relaxing his efforts for a second, or weeping a single tear. Bodhidharma never offered him the slightest help whatsoever. Finally, Hui-k'o took a knife and cut off his left arm. h Hsisou Shou-t'an was perfectly justified in holding Hui-k'o up as a model for all Zen monks throughout the world.
  
  --
  "Zen Master Tao-wu responded to a monk with the words, 'I won't say living. I won't say dead.'
  'Why is that?' asked the monk. 'I won't say. I won't say,' replied Tao-wu. p Tao-wu did not refuse to speak because he was reluctant to teach the monk. He was trying to protect him. Anything he had tried to teach him would only have harmed him. In fact, there is no way a teacher can teach the Buddhapatriarchs' marvelous, untransmittable Dharma to others. If a priest tells you he has liberated students by teaching them the Dharma, you can be sure of two things: he has not penetrated the source, and he is not a genuine Zen teacher. But for you what is essential is not whether he is genuine or not. What is essential is to pledge that you will never have anything to do with false teachers like him. Zen practice must be true and au thentic, and it must be practiced under a true and au thentic teacher. Could you call Zen sages like Bodhidharma, Hui-neng, Huang-po, Hsueh-feng, and Tao-wu dead otters?
  Would you charac-terize venerable teachers like Hui-k'o, Nan-yueh, Lin-chi, Hsuan-sha, and Hsiangyen as dumb sheep?

1.04 - Wake-Up Sermon, #The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, #Bodhidharma, #Buddhism

1.bd - A deluded Mind, #Bodhidharma - Poems, #Bodhidharma, #Buddhism
  
   Bodhidharma
  

1.bd - Endless Ages, #Bodhidharma - Poems, #Bodhidharma, #Buddhism
  
   Bodhidharma
  

1.bd - The Greatest Gift, #Bodhidharma - Poems, #Bodhidharma, #Buddhism
  
   Bodhidharma
  

2.05 - Apotheosis, #The Hero with a Thousand Faces, #Joseph Campbell, #Mythology
  The story is told of a Confucian scholar who besought the
  twenty-eighth Buddhist patriarch, Bodhidharma, "to pacify his
  soul." Bodhidharma retorted, "Produce it and I will pacify it."
  The Confucian replied, "That is my trouble, I cannot find it."

CASE 4 - WAKUANS WHY NO BEARD?, #The Gateless Gate, #Mumonkan, #unset
  WAKU'AN'S "WHY NO BEARD?"
  Waku'an (looking at Bodhidharma's picture) complained,
  "Why has that Barbarian no beard?"
  --
  you attain enlightenment, it must be true enlightenment. When
  you really meet Bodhidharma face to face, then you finally have
  gotten it right. However when you start explaining it with words,

CASE 5 - KYOGENS MAN HANGING IN THE TREE, #The Gateless Gate, #Mumonkan, #unset
  feet rest on no limb, and under the tree another man asks him,
  'Why did Bodhidharma come to China from the West (India)?' If
  the man in the tree does not answer, he misses the question, and

DS1, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
  The division of the text into thirty-two chapters was the work of Prince Chao-ming (501-531), who was the eldest son of Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty. This was the same Emperor Wu who asked a visiting Indian monk named Bodhidharma what merit he acquired as a result of all his religious philanthropy. The Zen patriarch told him, None. Ironically, the acquisition and nature of merit are at the heart of this sutra. Buddhas are the manifestation of merit, not the material merit of Emperor Wu, but the merit produced by the practice of this teaching.
  

DS4, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  the practitioner (in this case, the person who gives); the beneficiary (the recipient); and the practice
  (the giving of the gift). In his Outline of Practice, Bodhidharma says, Since what is real includes
  nothing worth begrudging, we give our bodies, our lives, and our property in charity, without regret,
  --
  eliminate delusion, we practice nothing at all. This is what is meant by practicing the Dharma. (The
  Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, p. 7)
  Vasubandhu says, What follows explains how those who set forth on the bodhisattva path should

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