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A collection of sayings and thoughts by Bodhidharma on Buddha, Hinduism, dharma, karma, sayings, gita, day, anger, mind, greed, death, life, path, religion and liberation.

20 Inspiring Quotes By Bodhidharma That Will Help You Sail Through Trying Times

Famous As: Buddhist Monk
Born On: 483 AD
Died On: 540 AD
Born In: India
Died At Age: 57
Bodhidharma was a renowned Buddhist monk believed to have lived during the 5th century. He is considered to be the one who transmitted Chan Buddhism to China. He is also accredited to be the first Chinese patriarch. He is known as ‘Daruma’ in Japan. Going by the Chinese legend, Bodhidharma was behind one who began physical training of Shaolin Monastery which resulted in the creation of Shaolin Kungfu. There is only little contemporary information on Bodhidharma that is surviving. The principle Chinese sources reveal that Bodhidharma came from the Western regions which are refered to as Central Asia but might also include the Indian subcontinent. Following is a corpus of thoughts, sayings, words and viewpoints put forth by the distinguished monk which is till date used as quotable quotes extensively. Presenting quotes and thoughts by Bodhidharma on regret, words, sex, blessings, nature, mind, illusions, learning, reality, wisdom, ignorance, engaging, enlightenment etc are sure to keep you going in rough times.

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

Bodhidharma

To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss.

Bodhidharma

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

Those who worship don't know, and those who know don't worship.

Bodhidharma

At every moment where language can't go, that's your mind.

Bodhidharma

Poverty and hardship are created by false thinking.

Bodhidharma

According to the Sutras, evil deeds result in hardships and good deeds result in blessings.

Bodhidharma

All know the way; few actually walk it.

Bodhidharma

Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.

Bodhidharma

Vast emptiness, nothing holy.

Bodhidharma

Everything sacred, nothing sacred.

Bodhidharma

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

Bodhidharma

A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.

Bodhidharma

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

Bodhidharma

Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either.

Bodhidharma

Regardless of what we do, our karma has no hold on us.

Bodhidharma

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

Bodhidharma

Freeing oneself from words is liberation.

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 Way is basically perfect. It doesn't require perfecting.

Bodhidharma