Saturday, August 15, 2009


It is said that Bodhidharma focused on direct insight into one's own experience, discouraging misguided veneration of Buddhas for the sake of superstition. Mankind look for solace and shelter in spirit called God. As long as one look for it somewhere else, one will never see that your own mind is the Buddha. To find a Buddha, one has to see one’s inside. Strive for the quiescence of body, mind and intention. According to the Yì Jīn Jīng:
After Bodhidharma faced the wall for nine years at Shaolin temple and made a hole with his stare, he left behind an iron chest. When the monks opened this chest they found two books: the “Marrow Cleansing Classic,” and the “Muscle Tendon Change Classic”, or "Yi Jin Jing" within. The first book was taken by Bodhidharma's disciple Huike, and disappeared; as for the second, the monks selfishly coveted it, practicing the skills therein, falling into heterodox ways, and losing the correct purpose of cultivating the Real. The Shaolin monks have made some fame for themselves through their fighting skill; this is all due to their possession of this manuscript.