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Bodhidharma Quotes


Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the early 5th century and is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Zen (Chinese: Chán) to China.
(ca. 470 - 543)

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

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

All know the way, few actually walk it.
 

All phenomena are empty.
 

All the suffering and joy we experience depend on conditions.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buddhas don't practice nonsense.
 

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

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

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

Delusion means mortality. And awareness means Buddhahood.
[Delusion]
 

Freeing oneself from words is liberation.
 

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.
[Blessed]
 

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

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.
 


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