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33/365 – Bodhidharma


(470 – 543)
His Holiness The 28th Patriarch of Indian Buddhism
His Holiness The First Patriarch of Chinese Zen Lineage

Bodhidharma is credited with bringing Zen Buddhism to China and he is the First Patriarch of Chinese Zen Lineage. He was born on Oct. 5th. (Chinese Lunar Calendar) in Southern India (Kancheepuram), and was the third son of an Indian King; the royal family belonged to the Bhramin caste. Bodhidharma’s Buddhist Master, Prajnatara, was the 27th Patriarch of Indian Buddhism, taught Bodhidharma for many years, gave him Mind Transmission, made him the 28th Patriarch, and gave him the name Bodhidharma. Following the instruction of his Master to transmit Dharma to China, Bodhidharma traveled east to Southern China in 526 A.D.

When he arrived in Kwang Chou, he was ceremoniously welcomed and greatly honored by the local military official named Shao Yang. The same year, he was invited to the Capitol, Nanjing, to meet Emperor Wu Di of the Liang dynasty. Because the communication between the Emperor and Bodhidharma was mutually unsatisfactory, Bodhidharma left the palace, crossed the Yangtzu River, and continued north until he arrived at the Shao Lin Temple in Ho Nan Province. It was here that Bodhidharma became famous for meditating 9 years facing a wall.

After he gave his disciple, Hui K’o, the Robe, Begging Bowl, Lankavatara Sutra, and Mind Transmission, Bodhidharma went to Chen Sung (One Thousand Saints) Temple to propagate the Dharma. He passed into Nirvana in 536 A.D., was buried in Shon Er Shan (Bear Ear Mountain) in Ho Nan, and a stupa was built for him in Pao Lin Temple. Later, the Tang dynasty Emperor, Dai Dzong, bestowed on Bodhidharma the name Yuen Che Grand Zen Master, and renamed his stupa as Kong Kwan (Empty Visualization).

Bodhidharma’s Teachings:

Bodhidharma instructed his disciples that the Lankavatara Sutra be used to seal the mind. The method of cultivating practice transmitted by Bodhidharma pointed out that we should pay attention closely to this important sutra. His major teaching is there are two paths to enter Dharma Gate: Study and Practice.

Bao Yen Hsin: The willingness to accept, without complaining, suffering and unhappiness because you understand it is your own karma.

Sui Yen Hsin: Understanding that all situations are the consequences of karmic causes, and therefore, you maintain equanimity in all circumstances, both negative and positive.

Tsung Fa Hsin: Realizing through practice the essence of your Buddha Nature, which is equanimity.

Source: http://sped2work.tripod.com/bdharma.html


  1. pulavartharumi
    October 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    சென் நெறியே போதிதர்மர் மூலம் தான் சீனாவில் தொடங்கப்பட்டது என்று தெரிந்து கொண்டதில் பெருமையாக உள்ளது. கற்றோர்க்கு சென்ற இடமெல்லாம் சிறப்பு என்று கூறிய வள்ளுவரின் வாக்கும் நினைவுக்கு வருகிறது. வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

    • October 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

      போதிதர்மா தமிழர் என்பதில் பெருமையாக உள்ளது. மற்றவர்களுக்கு இதை தெரிவிப்பது மகிழ்ச்சியளிக்கிறது.. உங்கள் ஆதரவுக்கு நன்றி 🙂

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