The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

Translated and with an Introduction by Red Pine

North Point Press

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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.

This bilingual edition, the only volume of the great teacher's work currently available in English, presents four teachings in their entirety. "Outline of Practice" describes the four all-inclusive habits that lead to enlightenment, the "Bloodstream Sermon" exhorts students to seek the Buddha by seeing their own nature, the "Wake-up Sermon" defends his premise that the most essential method for reaching enlightenment is beholding the mind. The original Chinese text, presented on facing pages, is taken from a Ch'ing dynasty woodblock edition.

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The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma
Outline of PracticeMANY roads lead to the Path,1 but basically there are only two: reason and practice. To enter by reason means to realize the essence through instruction and to believe that all living things share the same true nature, which isn't apparent because it's shrouded by sensation and delusion. Those who turn from delusion back to reality, who meditate on walls,2 the absence of self and other, the oneness of mortal and sage, and who remain unmoved even by scriptures are in complete and unspoken agreement with reason.

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Translated and with an Introduction by Red Pine

Red Pine lives and work in Taiwan. He is the translator of The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain.

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The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma
Translated and with an Introduction by Red Pine

Bilingual Edition Trade Paperback

Bilingual Edition Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
November 1989
Bilingual Edition Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780865473997
ISBN10: 0865473994
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 144 pages, Includes a Map and Notes
$14.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
November 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429952767
ISBN10: 1429952768
144 pages
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