The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

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A fifth-century Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma is credited with bringing Zen to China. Although the tradition that traces its ancestry back to him did not flourish until nearly two hundred years after his death, today millions of Zen Buddhists and students of kung fu claim him as their spiritual father.

While others viewed Zen practice as a purification of the mind or a stage on the way to perfect enlightenment, Bodhidharma equated Zen with buddhahood and believed that it had a place in everyday life. Instead of telling his disciples to purify their minds, he pointed them to rock walls, to the movements of tigers and cranes, to a hollow reed floating across the Yangtze.

ISBN: 9780865473997

Published Date: January 1, 1998

Publisher: North Point Press

Language: English

Page Count: 125

Size: 8.30" l x 5.47" w x 0.53" h