October 05, 2010

A Day for Bodhidharma

You can learn a lot of things perusing the Treeleaf Zendo message boards, including that today is Bodhidharma Day. What do we do on Bodhidharma Day? We sit, in order to honor the Zen ancestor who brought Zen from India to China.

Bodhidharma is usually presented a bad-tempered barbarian who sat facing a wall meditating for nine years. In order to always stay awake, he cut off his eyelids, and tea plants sprang from them where they landed. Yum!

Here are some Bodhidharma Day recipes.

If you're in China, you could visit the recently unearthed Bodhidharma Stupa.

If you're in New York, you could go see the Japan Society's Hakuin exhibit, which features the handsome portrait of Bodhidharma (Japanese: Daruma) above.

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Perplexity's picture

Bodhidharma is celebrated in early October...but, like many Buddhist holidays, it changes from year to year. Does anybody know how the date of Bodhidharma Day is calculated? It does not seem to coincide with the full moon.

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