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Bodhidharma
By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

The Dharma is the truth that all natures are pure.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

When we're deluded there's a world to escape. When we're aware, there's nothing to escape.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

Regardless of what we do, our karma has no hold on us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

As long as you're enthralled by a lifeless form, you're not free.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

Those who remain unmoved by the wind of joy silently follow the Path.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

Worship means reverence and humility it means revering your real self and humbling delusions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They're not the Way.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

Once you stop clinging and let things be, you'll be free, even of birth and death. You'll transform everything.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

Whoever knows that the mind is a fiction and devoid of anything real knows that his own mind neither exists nor doesn't exist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

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. . . .

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

The essence of the Way is detachment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

I do not need any writing, since I transmit teaching beyond words and ideas.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

But while success and failure depend on conditions, the mind neither waxes nor wanes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else, you'll never see that your own mind is the Buddha

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

Not suffering another existence is reaching the Way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

And the Buddha is the person who's free: free of plans, free of cares.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

Not creating delusions is enlightenment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

People who don't see their own nature and imagine they can practice thoughtlessness all the time are liars and fools.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

But deluded people don't realize that their own mind is the Buddha. They keep searching outside.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

Many roads lead to the Path, but basically there are only two: reason and practice.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bodhidharma

Neither gods nor men can foresee when an evil deed will bear its fruit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

I never lost or fail, not yet conquered. If I fall seven times, I get up eight

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

All know the way, but few actually walk it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bodhidharma

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bodhidharma

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?