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Why did Bodhidharma come
from the West
Bodhidharma
Bodhidharma
Bodhidharma
The quintessence of Zen as
embodied in the figure of
Boddhidharma
A special transmission outside the scriptures,
Not found...
Boddhidharma’s first meeting with Emperor Wu
of Liang dynasty
The emperor asked, “Since ascending to the throne, I have ha...
Statements made by Bodhidharma
A pure wind invites the universe.
Where will it find an end?
Nine years had passed the he (...
Continued…
Tao-yu said: “The four great elements are originally empty, the
five skanda’s have no existence. As I believe, ...
The legend reports a last conversation between Bodhidharma and his
disciples shortly before he died: Nice Years had passed...
Bidhidharma’s prediction of the future
of Zen in China
I came to this land originally to transmit the Dharma
And to bring ...
The perfect Way knows no difficulties
Except that it refuses to make preference.
Only when freed from Hate and Love
It rev...
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  1. 1. Why did Bodhidharma come from the West
  2. 2. Bodhidharma
  3. 3. Bodhidharma
  4. 4. Bodhidharma
  5. 5. The quintessence of Zen as embodied in the figure of Boddhidharma A special transmission outside the scriptures, Not founded upon words and letters; By pointing directly to ones mind It lets one see into one’s own true nature and thus attain Buddhahood.
  6. 6. Boddhidharma’s first meeting with Emperor Wu of Liang dynasty The emperor asked, “Since ascending to the throne, I have had temples built, sutras transcribed, and monks ordained. What merit have I gained?” The master answered: “No merit at all.” The emperor replied: “Why no merit at all?” The master said: “All these are but impure motive for merit; they mature the paltry fruit of rebirth as a human being or a deva (a god). They are like shadows that follow the form, having no reality of their own.” The emperor said: “Then of what kind is true merit?” He answered: “It is pure knowing, wonderful and perfect. Its essence is emptiness. One cannot gain such merit by wordly means” Thereupon the emperor asked: “ What is the sacred truth’s first principle?” The master replied: “Vast empriness, nothing sacred.” The emperor said: “Who is this who faces me?” The master replied: “I don’t know.”
  7. 7. Statements made by Bodhidharma A pure wind invites the universe. Where will it find an end? Nine years had passed the he (Bodhidharma) now wished to return Westward to India. He called his disciples and said: “The time has Now come. Why doesn’t each of your say what you have attained?” Then the disciple Tao-fu replied:” As I see it, [the truth] neither ad- heres to words or letters, nor is it apart from them. It functions as the Way.” The master said: “You have attained my skin.” A nun Tsung-chi’ih said: “As I understand it, the truth is like the aus- Picious glimpse of the Buddha land of Aksobhya; it is seen once, but Not a second time.” The master said: “You have attained my flesh.”
  8. 8. Continued… Tao-yu said: “The four great elements are originally empty, the five skanda’s have no existence. As I believe, no Dharma can be grasped.” The master said: “You have attained my bones.” Finally there was Hui-k’o. He bowed respectfully and stood silent. The master said: “You have attained my marrow.” Bodhidharama sat in zazen facing the wall. The Second Patriarch, Who had been standing in the snow, cut off his arm and said, : “ Your disciples’ mind is not yet at peace. I beg you my teacher, Please give me peace.” Bodhidharama said, “Bring the mind to me, and I will set it at rest.” The Second Patriarch said, “I have searched for the mind, and it is finally unattainable.” Bodhidharama said, “I have thoroughly set it at rest for you.”
  9. 9. The legend reports a last conversation between Bodhidharma and his disciples shortly before he died: Nice Years had passed and he [Bodhidharma] now wished to return west-ward to India. He called his disciples and said: “The time has now come. Why Doesn’t each of you say what you have attained?” Then the disciple Tao-fu replied: “As I see [the truth] neither adheres to words or letters, nor it is apart from them. It function as the Way.” The master said : “You have attained my skin.” A nun Tsung –ch’ih said: “As I understand it, the truth is like the auspicious glimpse of the Buddha land of Aksobhya; it is seen once, but not a second time.” The Master said: “You have attained my flesh” Tao-yu said: “The four great elements are originally empty; the five skandhas Have no existence. As I believe, no Dharma can be grasped.” The Master said: “You have attained my bones.” Finally there was Hui-k’o. He bowed respectfully and stood silent. The Master said: “You have attained my marrow.” A Last Conversation between Bodhidharma and his disciples shortly before he died
  10. 10. Bidhidharma’s prediction of the future of Zen in China I came to this land originally to transmit the Dharma And to bring deliverance from error. A flower opens five petals. The fruit ripens of itself.
  11. 11. The perfect Way knows no difficulties Except that it refuses to make preference. Only when freed from Hate and Love It reveals itself fully and without disguise. Poem attributed to the Fourth Patriarch

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