Bodhidharma

c. 440 AD - 528 AD

A Quote by Bodhidharma on bodhidharma, zen, buddhism, buddhist, buddha, and enlightenment

"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

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on zen and buddhism

 

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on clarity, cause and effect, and karma

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 (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition, Pages: 37

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on giving, letting go, and non-attachment

To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition, Pages: 49

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on tao, scriptures, and understanding

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 (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on tao, truth, words, and illusion

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

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition, Pages: 31

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on tao, seeking, and self

Someone who seeks the Way doesn't look beyond himself.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on buddhism, buddha, and mind

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 (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on buddhism, anger, joy, karma, and emptiness

Once you know the nature of anger and joy is empty and you let them go, you free yourself from karma.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on buddha, buddhism, and mind

Without the mind there is no Buddha. Without the Buddha there’s no mind.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition

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