Friday, September 6, 2013

Bodhidharma - To seek nothing is bliss

To see nothing is bliss...

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

But the wise wake up.
They choose reason over custom.
They fix their minds on the sublime and let their bodies change with the seasons.

All phenomena are empty.

They contain nothing worth desiring.
Calamity forever alternates with Prosperity.
To dwell in the three realms is to dwell in a burning house.
To have a body is to suffer.

Does anyone with a body know peace?

Those who understand this detach themselves from all that exists and stop imagining or seeking anything.

The sutras say,

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

When you seek nothing, you're on the Path.

- Bodhidharma

(from: 'The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma', translated by Red Pine)

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