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Bodhidharma says…

KeromeKerome Lovingness is the wayThe Continent Veteran

Bodhidharma said, “understand the mind and all else is included”. Now in our experience of the mind there is also the experience of the body. It is all the mind. How we interpret the world and what we see, hear and feel is key to how we think we exist.

Bunks

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  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Hmm I'm reminded of neuroplasticity

    Neurons that fire together wire together

    Bunks
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    All is mind. Includes:

    • Consciousness
    • Emotive awareness
    • Physical being
    • Ingrained socialisation

    and so on.

    Two elements that we are unaware of:

    • subconscious, in other words the influences that we are unaware of effecting mind
    • superconsciousness, the buddhahoody mind

    In many ways The Buddhist Way is becoming aware and attuned with these influences dissolving or unfolding

    I knew there was a plan …

    Kerome
  • KeromeKerome Lovingness is the way The Continent Veteran

    “But people of the deepest understanding look within, distracted by nothing. Since a clear mind is the Buddha, they attain the understanding of a Buddha without using the mind.”
    ― Bodhidharma

    lobster
  • KeromeKerome Lovingness is the way The Continent Veteran

    “People of this world are deluded. They’re always longing for something-always, in a word, seeking. But the wise wake up. They choose reason over custom. They fix their minds on the sublime and let their bodies change with the seasons. All phenomena are empty. They contain nothing worth desiring.”
    ― Bodhidharma

    Bunkslobsterコチシカ
  • KeromeKerome Lovingness is the way The Continent Veteran

    “A buddha is an idle person. He doesn't run around after fortune and fame.”
    ― Bodhidharma

    Bunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Emperor Wu: "How much karmic merit have I earned for ordaining Buddhist monks, building monasteries, having sutras copied, and commissioning Buddha images?"
    Bodhidharma: "None. Good deeds done with worldly intent bring good karma, but no merit."
    Emperor Wu: "So what is the highest meaning of noble truth?"
    Bodhidharma: "There is no noble truth, there is only emptiness."
    Emperor Wu: "Then, who is standing before me?"
    Bodhidharma: "I know not, Your Majesty."

    BunksKerome
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Every time I see the title of this thread, I can't help thinking "Put your hands on your head"... Sometimes, it's best to do our own thinking rather than be led by the nose - or the say-so - of someone else...

  • KeromeKerome Lovingness is the way The Continent Veteran

    Yeah, I can see that. But a lot of what Bodhidharma says requires so much investigation that it pays to return to it once in a while.

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Kerome said:
    Yeah, I can see that. But a lot of what Bodhidharma says requires so much investigation that it pays to return to it once in a while.

    I wsn't actually considering any specific source in mind...

  • KeromeKerome Lovingness is the way The Continent Veteran

    Aha well… this thread is also a bit similar to ‘Simon says…’

    コチシカ
  • "PURE NOTHING

    In a tale invented well over a century after Bodhidharma's time, it is said that Emperor Wu asked Bodhidharma about the highest meaning of noble Truth, and Bodhidharma replied, “Vast emptiness, there is no noble Truth.” “Who, then, is standing before me?” “I don’t know,” said Bodhidharma. Emperor Wu then asked the enigmatic Indian sage how much karmic merit he, the emperor, had accumulated by building monasteries, ordaining monks, sponsoring translations and copies of scriptures and making Buddhist art-images. Bodhidharma was quite blunt: “No merit whatever!” And he left the region. "

    https://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/Zen_Humor.html

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    “A buddha is an idle person. He doesn't run around after fortune and fame.”

    An Idol Buddha is now available. The fortunate and famous rise of the beat poets resulted in the long running example of the all-round woke …
    https://academic.oup.com/jaar/article/86/4/883/5053753

    meanwhile …
    https://alanpeto.com/buddhism/understanding-enlightenment/

  • KeromeKerome Lovingness is the way The Continent Veteran

    “Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.”
    ― Bodhidharma

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