Quotes by Bodhidharma

Words are illusions.
- Bodhidharma
Your mind is nirvana.
- Bodhidharma
All phenomena are empty.
- Bodhidharma
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Your nature is the Buddha.
- Bodhidharma
To have a body is to suffer.
- Bodhidharma
Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.
- Bodhidharma
The essence of the Way is detachment.
- Bodhidharma
Buddhas don't practice nonsense.
- Bodhidharma
Not creating delusions is enlightenment.
- Bodhidharma
Freeing oneself from words is liberation.
- Bodhidharma
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If your mind is pure, all buddha-lands are pure.
- Bodhidharma
The Buddha is your real body, your original mind.
- Bodhidharma
The Dharma is the truth that all natures are pure.
- Bodhidharma
The mind is the Buddha, and the Buddha is the mind.
- Bodhidharma
Our nature is the mind. And the mind is our nature.
- Bodhidharma
Not suffering another existence is reaching the Way.
- Bodhidharma
Once you see your nature, sex is basically immaterial.
- Bodhidharma
Mortals liberate Buddhas and Buddhas liberate mortals.
- Bodhidharma
Regardless of what we do, our karma has no hold on us.
- Bodhidharma
The mind is always present. You just don't see it.
- Bodhidharma
To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature.
- Bodhidharma
Delusion means mortality. And awareness means Buddhahood.
- Bodhidharma
To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity.
- Bodhidharma
All the suffering and joy we experience depend on conditions.
- Bodhidharma
Life and death are important. Don't suffer them in vain.
- Bodhidharma
As mortals, we're ruled by conditions, not by ourselves.
- Bodhidharma
A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.
- Bodhidharma
The Way is basically perfect. It doesn't require perfecting.
- Bodhidharma
You can't know your real mind as long as you deceive yourself.
- Bodhidharma
Those who remain unmoved by the wind of joy silently follow the Path.
- Bodhidharma
Neither gods nor men can foresee when an evil deed will bear its fruit.
- Bodhidharma
If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won't see the Buddha.
- Bodhidharma
And the Buddha is the person who's free: free of plans, free of cares.
- Bodhidharma
As long as you're enthralled by a lifeless form, you're not free.
- Bodhidharma
Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help.
- Bodhidharma
Buddhas move freely through birth and death, appearing and disappearing at will.
- Bodhidharma
Many roads lead to the path, but basically there are only two: reason and practice.
- Bodhidharma
But while success and failure depend on conditions, the mind neither waxes nor wanes.
- Bodhidharma
According to the Sutras, evil deeds result in hardships and good deeds result in blessings.
- Bodhidharma
Worship means reverence and humility it means revering your real self and humbling delusions.
- Bodhidharma
And as long as you're subject to birth and death, you'll never attain enlightenment.
- Bodhidharma
Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either.
- Bodhidharma
But deluded people don't realize that their own mind is the Buddha. They keep searching outside.
- Bodhidharma
As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else, you'll never see that your own mind is the Buddha.
- Bodhidharma
People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something - always, in a word, seeking.
- Bodhidharma
The mind is the root from which all things grow if you can understand the mind, everything else is included.
- Bodhidharma
To go from mortal to Buddha, you have to put an end to karma, nurture your awareness, and accept what life brings.
- Bodhidharma
People who don't see their nature and imagine they can practice thoughtlessness all the time are lairs and fools.
- 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
The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.
- 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
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
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
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
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

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