Breakthrough Sermon by Bodhidharma

Those who understand the mind reach enlightenment with minimal effort. Those who don’t understand the mind practise in vain. Everything good and bad comes from your own mind. To find something beyond the mind is impossible…

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Peaceful Awareness by D. T. Suzuki

Reading this poem reminds me of Bodhidharma’s declaration to Eka: ‘On your behalf I have already bestowed on you peaceful awareness’ Without this special element in religion, shinjin or satori would not be possible.

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The Supreme Teaching is Free

Earnest Zen trainees, do not be surprised by a real dragon or spend a long time rubbing only one part of an elephant. Exert yourself in the way that points directly to your original Buddha-nature…

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