mystic poet


A deluded mind is hell.
Without delusions the mind
is the country of the Buddhas

Bodhidharma was born in Southern India in 482. He was a royal prince who gave up everything to follow the teachings of the Buddha. He was sent to China by his master, Prajnatara, to re-invigorate Buddhism. He met with Chinese Emperor Wu Ti, a devout Buddhist. Because of a philosophical disagreement with the Emperor, Bodidharma retreated to a small cave and became renowned for sitting in meditation for nine years. In 526, he taught the monks at the Shaolin Temple a system of self-defense that evolved into the martial arts style now known as Kung Fu. Bodhidharma died in 539 at the Shaolin Temple at age 57.

the sayings of Bodidharma

          translated -

The sutras of the Buddha contain countless metaphors because most human beings have shallow minds and don't understand the deeper meaning the Buddha used the tangible to illustrate the transcendent. He who knows his ego is a myth, devoid of anything real knows that his ego neither exists nor does not exists. Transient beings create the ego and insist it exists, ascetics negate the ego insisting it does not exist. The bodisattva neither creates nor negates the ego: this is what is meant by neither being nor non-being. All situations are the consequence of the law of karma therefore, maintain equanimity in all circumstance accept, without complaining stay within your Buddha Nature only you can reap the fruit of your actions, good or ill if you are happy, it is your doing if you are unhappy, it is your doing accept and practice equanimity bear your burden with a noble heart and you will be rewarded with a noble spirit When mortals are alive, they worry about death. When they're full, they worry about hunger. Theirs is the Great Uncertainty. But sages don't consider the past. And they don't worry about the future. Nor do they cling to the present. And from moment to moment they follow the Way. A deluded mind is hell. Without delusions. the mind is the country of the Buddhas. When the mind creates the idea of the mind people are deluded and in hell. Those established on the path to Buddhahood do not use the mind to create the idea of the mind and so are always in the country of the Buddhas.

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