Bodhidharma

Delusion means mortality. And awareness means buddhahood. They’re not the same. And they’re not different. It’s just that people distinguish delusion from awareness. When we’re deluded there’s a world to escape. When we’re aware, there’s nothing to escape. Whoever knows that the mind is a fiction and devoid of anything real knows that his own mind neither exists nor doesn’t exist. Mortals keep creating the mind, claiming it exists. And arhats keep negating the mind, claiming it doesn’t exist.   But bodhisattvas and buddhas neither create nor negate the mind. This is what’s meant by the mind that neither exists nor doesn’t exist.   The mind that neither exists nor doesn’t exist is called the Middle Way.’ (Bodhidharma’s Wake-up Sermon)

Another find from my archives. Of course, to attribute this to Bodhidharma is to risk falling into error, since its source is hard to verify, but I like to let this stand as a summary of the kind of teaching that he is supposed to have brought from India to China (for more on this, listen to Shohaku’s excellent talk on the first morning of the Genzo-e).

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