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Bodhidharma Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Bodhidharma.

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

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Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.
- Bodhidharma

You can't know your real mind as long as you deceive yourself.
- Bodhidharma

Delusion means mortality.
And awareness means Buddhahood.
- Bodhidharma

 

If your mind is pure, all buddha-lands are pure.
- Bodhidharma

Mortals liberate Buddhas and Buddhas liberate mortals.
- Bodhidharma

Buddhas move freely through birth and death,
appearing and disappearing at will.
- Bodhidharma

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

The mind is always present.
You just don't see it.
- Bodhidharma

Once you see your nature, sex is basically immaterial.
- Bodhidharma

And the Buddha is the person who's free:
free of plans,
free of cares.
- Bodhidharma

The essence of the Way is detachment.
- Bodhidharma

Our nature is the mind.
And the mind is our nature.
- Bodhidharma

Regardless of what we do, our karma has no hold on us.
- Bodhidharma

Your nature is the Buddha.
- Bodhidharma

The Buddha is your real body, your original mind.
- Bodhidharma

If you use your mind to look for a Buddha,
you won't see the Buddha.
- Bodhidharma

All the suffering and joy we experience depend on conditions.
- Bodhidharma

Not creating delusions is enlightenment.
- Bodhidharma

Many roads lead to the path, but basically there are only two:
reason and practice.
- Bodhidharma

Life and death are important.
Don't suffer them in vain.
- Bodhidharma

The mind is the Buddha, and the Buddha is the mind.
- Bodhidharma

All phenomena are empty.
- Bodhidharma

As long as you're enthralled by a lifeless form,
you're not free.
- Bodhidharma

The Dharma is the truth that all natures are pure.
- Bodhidharma

To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature.
- Bodhidharma

Freeing oneself from words is liberation.
- Bodhidharma

A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.
- Bodhidharma

Neither gods nor men can foresee when an evil deed will bear its fruit.
- Bodhidharma

Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help.
- Bodhidharma

Your mind is nirvana.
- Bodhidharma

The Way is basically perfect.
It doesn't require perfecting.
- Bodhidharma

As mortals, we're ruled by conditions,
not by ourselves.
- Bodhidharma

Words are illusions.
- Bodhidharma

To have a body is to suffer.
- Bodhidharma

Those who remain unmoved by the wind of joy silently follow the Path.
- Bodhidharma

Not suffering another existence is reaching the Way.
- Bodhidharma

Buddhas don't practice nonsense.
- Bodhidharma

People who don't see their nature and imagine they
can practice thoughtlessness all the time are lairs and fools.
- Bodhidharma

According to the Sutras, evil deeds result in hardships
and good deeds result in blessings.
- Bodhidharma

As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else,
you'll never see that your own mind is the Buddha.
- Bodhidharma

Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind
that prevents evil from arising in either.
- Bodhidharma

Whoever knows that the mind is a fiction and devoid
of anything real knows that his own mind neither exists nor doesn't exist.
- Bodhidharma

To go from mortal to Buddha, you have to put an end to karma,
nurture your awareness, and accept what life brings.
- Bodhidharma

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions,
passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons.
Greed, anger, and delusion.
- Bodhidharma

The mind is the root from which all things grow if
you can understand the mind,
everything else is included.
- Bodhidharma

People of this world are deluded.
They're always longing for something -
always,
in a word, seeking.
- Bodhidharma

And as long as you're subject to birth and death,
you'll never attain enlightenment.
- Bodhidharma

Whoever realizes that the six senses aren't real,
that the five aggregates are fictions,
that no such things can be located anywhere in the body,
understands the language of Buddhas.
- Bodhidharma

If we should be blessed by some great reward,
such as fame or fortune, it's the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past.
- Bodhidharma

To enter by reason means to realize the essence through
instruction and to believe that all living things share the same true nature,
which isn't apparent because it's shrouded by sensation and delusion.
- Bodhidharma

To see nothing is to perceive the Way,
and to understand nothing is to know the Dharma,
because seeing is neither seeing nor not seeing and
because understanding is neither understanding nor not understanding.
- Bodhidharma

If you use your mind to study reality,
you won't understand either your mind or reality.
If you study reality without using your mind,
you'll understand both.
- Bodhidharma

Worship means reverence and humility it means revering
your real self and humbling delusions.
- Bodhidharma

But deluded people don't realize that their own mind is the Buddha.
They keep searching outside.
- Bodhidharma

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

I give thanks for both my bloom and my thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Give thanks for the rain in your life
which waters the flowers of your soul.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all have our thorns. We, and Life, have our moments.
Life occurs before our morning coffee.
Life occurs in our bathrobe with our hair uncombed.
Bless and give thanks for All of Life - the bloom and the thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who can give thanks for little
will always find he has enough.
- Anonymous

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children
One is roots, the other is wings.
- Hodding Carter

We are rich only through what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is today a day to gather strength from the storm -
a day to to learn life lessons for the next battle?
Or is today a day to sit by the fire
and watch the storm rage outside?
Either way, the storm is just life.
Give thanks for all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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