Quote Archives: Bodhidharma

Don’t focus on it ~ Bodhidharma

If, as in a dream, you see a light brighter than the sun, your remaining attachments will suddenly come to an end and the nature of reality will be revealed. Such an occurrence serves as the basis for enlightenment. But this is something only you know. You can’t explain it to others. Or if, while […]

The greatest charity ~ Bodhidharma

To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. Bodhidharma

How to find a buddha ~ Bodhidharma

To find a buddha, all you have to do is see your nature. Your nature is the buddha. And the buddha is the person who’s free, free of plans, free of cares. If you don’t see your nature and run around all day looking somewhere else, you’ll never find a buddha. The truth is, there’s […]

True vision ~ Bodhidharma

When your mind doesn’t stir inside, the world doesn’t arise outside. When the world and the mind are both transparent, this is true vision. And such understanding is true understanding. Bodhidharma

The mind neither waxes nor wanes ~ Bodhidharma

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

Trying to find a Buddha ~ Bodhidharma

Trying to find a Buddha or enlightenment is like trying to grab space. Space has a name but no form. It’s not something you can pick up or put down. And you certainly can’t grab it. Beyond this mind you’ll never see a Buddha. The Buddha is a product of your mind. Why look for […]