At left is a picture of Master Bodhidharma, the first Chan/Zen Ancestor in China, said to have brought this "Special Transmission" from India. He is said to have sat facing a wall in a cave near Shaolin Monastery for nine years -- and yet, he probably never really existed. That is, he is a fabrication, a fiction, a made up story (at least, as the "Bodhidharma" we know in legends about him).
Likewise for the famous Sixth Ancestor, Hui-Neng, and so many of the other characters in the history of Zen Buddhism, and all Buddhism: many are, more or less, made-up stories. But the fact that they may "never have truly existed" does not mean that they do not now "truly exist." For they are realized and made real -- in this Practice, in a moment of Zazen!
[Click through to hear more and "sit-a-long" with today's video.]
Today's Sit-A-Long video follows.Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.
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This page contains a single entry by Jundo published on May 12, 2010 2:07 AM.