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

— Bodhidharma

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

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All know the way, but few actually walk it.

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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.

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

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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.

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The essence of the Way is detachment.

And the goal of those who practice is freedom from appearances.

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

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

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Buddhas don't practice nonsense.

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

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

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

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About Bodhidharma

Quotes 102 sayings
Nationality Indian
Profession Leader
Birthday October 16

People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something - always, in a word, seeking.

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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.

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

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Trying to find a buddha or enlightenment is like trying to grab space.

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An Awakened person is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.

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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.

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Not creating delusions is enlightenment.

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Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.

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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.

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

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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.

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To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity.

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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.

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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?

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The essence of the Way is detachment.

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Words are illusions.

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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.

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

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To have a body is to suffer.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Buddhas move freely through birth and death, appearing and disappearing at will.

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As mortals, we're ruled by conditions, not by ourselves.

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

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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.

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Unless you see your nature, all this talk about cause & effect is nonsense.

Buddhas don't practice nonsense.

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

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Delusion means mortality. And awareness means Buddhahood.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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The Dharma is the truth that all natures are pure.

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

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