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Zen Bodhidharma

"Unless you see your nature,
all this talk about cause & effect is nonsense.
Buddhas don't practice nonsense!"

~ Bodhidharma ~


"Even if a Buddha or Bodhisattva should suddenly appear before you, thereís no need for reverence. This mind of ours is empty and contains no such form. Why worship illusions born of the mind?

Your mind is basically empty. If you envision a Buddha, a dharma, or a Bodhisattva and conceive respect for them, you relegate yourself to the realm of mortals. If you seek direct understanding, donít hold on to any appearance whatsoever, and youíll succeed."

~ Bodhidharma ~

(Note: This explains why you should kill a Buddha or Bodhisattvas when you see them. A metaphor of killing your illusion)


Bodhidharma was a monk who lived during the 5th/6th century CE. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Ch'an (Sanskrit: Dhyana, Japanese: Zen) to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch.


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