Filed in Zen (Chan)

The Snaggletoothed Barbarian

With dharma discourse from Bodhidharma

Jisho Cary Warner

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Bodhidharma, the first Zen ancestor, conveyed the dharma from India to China. His practice was "wall-gazing," or zazen. According to legend, he sat facing a wall for nine years and cut off his eyelids to stay awake.


The following excerpts are from Red Pine's translations in The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma.

© Sanshoken Yuzen Gentatsu, The Gitter CollectionBuddha is Sanskrit for what you call aware, miraculously aware. Responding, perceiving, arching your brows, blinking your eyes, moving your hands and feet, it's all your miraculously aware nature. And this nature is the mind. And the mind is the Buddha. And the Buddha is the path. And the path is Zen. But the word Zen is one that remains a puzzle to both mortals and sages. Seeing your nature is Zen. Unless you see your nature, it's not Zen. . . .

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