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Bodhidharma

  • Indian leader

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."


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




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




To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature.




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




To go from mortal to Buddha, you have to put an end to karma, nurture your awareness, and accept what life brings.




If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won't see the Buddha.




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




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




Once you see your nature, sex is basically immaterial.




According to the Sutras, evil deeds result in hardships and good deeds result in blessings.




Your nature is the Buddha.




Freeing oneself from words is liberation.




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




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




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 is the root from which all things grow if you can understand the mind, everything else is included.




The mind is the Buddha, and the Buddha is the mind.




The Buddha is your real body, your original mind.




Life and death are important. Don't suffer them in vain.




Words are illusions.




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.




You can't know your real mind as long as you deceive yourself.




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




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.




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




And as long as you're subject to birth and death, you'll never attain enlightenment.




Not creating delusions is enlightenment.




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




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.




Our nature is the mind. And the mind is our nature.




Your mind is nirvana.




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.




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




Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.




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




The essence of the Way is detachment.



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