05 October 2011

Bodhidharma, Honored One

He must have been a crazy mother, the way he's portrayed.  He certainly didn't stand on formality in front of the emperor.  The business about the eyelids, the sandal, and the reed is all over the top, too.

But when I read what he said of the four all-inclusive practices of suffering injustice, adapting to conditions, seeking nothing and practicing the Dharma, I know I've heard all I need to know, and I'm filled with gratitude that men and women such as this one have seen fit to do nothing much with their lives but take the Dharma on the road and to practice their rumps off for years on end.

You may have not known who you were, Old Man, but we can see right through you!

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