The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

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thieves. They’re called thieves because they pass in and out of the gates of the senses, covet limitless possessions, engage in evil, and mask their true identity. And because mortals are misled in body and mind by these poisons or thieves, they become lost in life and death, wander through the six states of existence,81 and suffer countless afflictions. These afflictions are like rivers that surge for a thousand miles because of the constant flow of small springs. But if someone cuts off their

the mouth and appears as sound. If you cling to appearances while searching for meaning, you won’t find a thing. Thus, sages of the past cultivated introspection and not speech. This mind is the source of all virtues. And this mind is the chief of all powers. The eternal bliss of nirvana comes from the mind at rest. Rebirth in the three realms also comes from the mind. The mind is the door to every world and the mind is the ford to the other shore. Those who know where the door is don’t worry

many of the monks living in Loyang, including Hui-k‘o, moved to the Eastern Wei capital of Yeh. There Hui-k’o eventually met T‘an-lin. T’an-lin worked first in Loyang and later in Yeh writing prefaces and commentaries to new translations of Buddhist sutras. After meeting Hui-k‘o, he became interested in Bodhidharma’s approach to Buddhism and added a brief preface to the Outline of Practice. In this preface he says that Bodhidharma came from Southern India and that following his arrival in China,

Chapter 7) 13 Enlightenment. Bodhi. The mind free of delusion is said to be full of light, like the moon when it’s no longer obscured by clouds. Instead of undergoing another rebirth, the enlightened person attains nirvana, because enlightenment puts an end to karma. The faculty of hearing is more primitive, but sight is man’s accustomed source of knowledge about reality; hence the use of visual metaphors. The sutras, though, also talk about worlds in which buddhas teach through the sense of

And awareness means buddhahood. They’re not the same. And they’re not different. It’s just that people distinguish delusion from awareness. When we’re deluded there’s a world to escape. When we’re aware, there’s nothing to escape. In the light of the impartial Dharma, mortals look no different from sages. The sutras say that the impartial Dharma is something that mortals can’t penetrate and sages can’t practice. The impartial Dharma is only practiced by great bodhisattvas and buddhas. To look on

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