top of page

"A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it." - 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

 

"The mind is everything. What you think, you become." - Bodhidharma

 

"The nature of the mind is pure, and it is because of our delusions that we suffer." - Bodhidharma

 

"To find a Buddha, you have to see your nature." - Bodhidharma

 

"The wise adapted themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher." - Bodhidharma

 

"When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything." - Bodhidharma

 

"The Buddha is your own mind. Don't look for it outside yourself." - Bodhidharma

 

"When you reach the top of the mountain, keep climbing." - Bodhidharma

 

"If you want to travel the path of Buddha, don't look outside yourself. Look inside." - Bodhidharma

 

"Those who seek the truth by means of intellect and learning only get further and further away from it." - Bodhidharma

 

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

 

"The essence of the Way is detachment." - Bodhidharma

 

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

 

"Don't waste your time by hating, hurting or holding grudges. Life is too short to waste on negativity." - Bodhidharma

 

"Those who don't understand the Way will assert or deny the reality of mind or Buddha. They're just fabricating; they're far from the truth." - Bodhidharma

 

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

 

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become." - Bodhidharma

"If you want to see the true nature of the universe, look at it from the point of view of emptiness." - Bodhidharma

 

"The Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences." - Bodhidharma

 

"The body is the tree of enlightenment, the mind is like a bright mirror suspended in it." - Bodhidharma

 

"If you understand everything, you must be misinformed." - Bodhidharma

 

"If you want to know the past, look at your present. If you want to know the future, look at your present." - Bodhidharma

 

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

 

"When you're deluded, every statement is an ulcer; when you're enlightened, every word is wisdom." - Bodhidharma

 

"The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings." - Bodhidharma

 

"All conditioned things are impermanent. Work out your own salvation with diligence." - Bodhidharma

 

"To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things." - Bodhidharma

 

"All forms are illusory, and it is the attachment to forms that leads to suffering." - Bodhidharma

 

"It's not that you don't see the Way, you just don't see yourself. That's why you wander around the six worlds." - Bodhidharma

 

"Your practice should be strengthened by the difficult situations you encounter, just as a bonfire in a strong wind is not blown out, but blazes even brighter." - Bodhidharma

 

"The great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent, everything becomes clear and undisguised." - Bodhidharma

 

"The mind is the source of all suffering and all

happiness. It is the root of everything, the foundation of everything." - Bodhidharma

 

"The mind is always in a state of flux, and it is this ever-changing nature that makes it impossible to grasp." - Bodhidharma

 

"To attain enlightenment, one must first be mindful of one's own thoughts and actions." - Bodhidharma

 

"There is only one way to the Buddha's path, and that is through the cultivation of the mind." - Bodhidharma

bottom of page