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Bodhidharma 菩提達磨


5th-6th C. CE

28th Zen Patriarch and first Chinese patriarch, the Indian prince Bodhidharma brought Chan Buddhism from India to China and began the Shaolin Kung Fu tradition founding the Shaolin Monastery. Known as "The Blue-Eyed Barbarian,” his direct authenticity confounded and impressed everyone from the emperor to famous teachers to peasants. He directly taught the wisdom beyond words, mind-to-mind and heart-to-heart transmission. In Japanese legend, he also traveled to Japan and met Prince Shotoku who then became the first great patron of Buddhism there.


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Quotes by Bodhidharma (15 quotes)

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

Chapters: 13. Honor and Disgrace

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“Freeing oneself from words is liberation.”

Chapters: 2. The Wordless Teachings

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“Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.”

Chapters: 12. This Over That

Themes: Wisdom

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“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.”

Chapters: 14. Finding and Following the Formless Form

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

Chapters: 68. Joining Heaven & Earth

Themes: Greed Anger

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

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

Themes: Teachers

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“The mind is always present. You just don't see it... When the mind creates the idea of the mind, people are deluded but if you don't use the mind to create the idea of the mind, you will always live in the country of the Buddhas”

Chapters: 73. Heaven’s Net

Themes: Mind No Trace

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

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

Themes: Delusion Desire

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“Not creating delusions is enlightenment.”

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“Words are illusions.”

Chapters: 23. Nothing and Not

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“Awareness means Buddhahood.”

Themes: Enlightenment

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“To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity.”

Chapters: 23. Nothing and Not

Themes: Anonymity

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“When the mind is always empty, you journey from place to place in the country of the Buddhas. When the mind is always moving, you travel from one hell to the next hell.”

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