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Bodhidharma

Life Lessons
The Dharma Master (c. 440 AD - 528 AD) was a South Indian of the Western Region. He was the
third son of a great Indian king of the Pallava dynasty. His ambition lay in the Mahayana path,
and so he put aside his white layman's robe for the black robe of a monk. He subsequently
crossed distant mountains and seas, traveling about propagating the teaching in China.
Bodhidharma was said to be
originally named Bodhitara. His
surname was Chadili. His Indian
Dhyana teacher, Prajnatara, is said
to have renamed him to
Bodhidharma.


Bodhidharmas name appears
sometimes truncated as Bodhi,
or more often as Dharma (Ta-mo).

Here are 10 Life Lesson from him :
Be present with the things that are already present. Your body, your breath, the tingling inside
your hands, the sense of sound, the sense of sight when you simply experience and not divide
or label, a plant, a flower, the skythese are utterly present. Awareness does not need the
seer or the seen; it is just pure seeing. If you dont get this, start with Observing Thought.

Lesson 1 : Be utterly present
Buddha means
awareness, the
awareness of body
and mind that
prevents evil from
arising in either.
Zen says that Mind does not exist outside, or inside. It does not exist in the past or in the future. Mind
is without boundaries, without limits, and has no central locus. Mind is without variation, obstacle,
hindrance, impedance, and is without substance, and is not without substance. Since Mind is within
every thing, thus the Buddha is within everything. Where you see the Buddha, you see Mind.

Lesson 2 : When you see mind, you see Buddha
The Buddha is your real
body, your original mind.
Our breath is always with us. Sensations are also always present, even if not noticed. So too,
emotions are there for the finding, if one chooses to search. As we progress from watching the
breath to sensations to emotions, the challenge grows to stay focused. The sensations come and
go, sometimes here, sometimes there. The biggest challenge, however, is to watch our minds.
Lesson 3 : Watch your breath
The mind is always present.
You just don't see it.
We are attached to all needs, we never experience real happiness. Real happiness comes from
detachment from all needs. In Zen, the main aim is to liberate ourselves from such detachment.
Give it our full attention and keep looking for improvements and then, let go and move on to the
next phase.
Lesson 4 : Detach from all needs
The essence of the
way is detachment.

To go from mortal to buddha, you have to put an end to karma, nurture your awareness and accept
what life brings. If youre always getting angry, youll turn your nature against the Way. Theres no
advantage in deceiving yourself. Buddhas move freely through birth and death, appearing and
disappearing at will. They cant be restrained by karma or overcome by devils.
Lesson 5 : Put an end to karma
To go from mortal to
Buddha, you have to
put an end to karma,
nurture your
awareness, and accept
what life brings.
Words cant even describe how good it feels to be LIBERATED from the false and to actually know
the TRUTH about who & what you are. Its genuine empowerment. Its complete self acceptance.
Life becomes an easy going, amazing FLOW. Theres NOTHING more important than for us to free
ourselves from the FALSE beliefs we take to be true about ourselves, & the world.
Lesson 6 : Freeing yourself from words
Freeing oneself from
words is liberation.

If we tell our wife that we love her, that is a seed that we have planted. If we go to work late,
that is a seed planted. If we say something in anger, that is a seed planted. Our entire life is
spent planting seeds, everyday, year after year, waiting for the harvest. You Need To Plant
Good Seeds Early In Your Life!!!
Lesson 7 : Plant good seeds early in your life
If we should be blessed by
some great reward, such
as fame or fortune, it's the
fruit of a seed planted by
us in the past.
The reason we practice Zen is to understand ourselves completely and help this world. The suffering we
experience in our own lives, and indeed the suffering of our world, comes from our inability to connect
with our true self, which is originally compassionate and clear. After Buddhas enlightenment, he said,
"How wondrous! Everybody already has it; they just don't know it."
Lesson 8 : Reason & practice
Many roads lead
to the path, but
basically there are
only two: reason
and practice.

No matter what is happening around us, we do not have to react impulsively, but can learn to
respond. Giving into automatic negative reactions can become addictive and it's important to
learn how to diffuse them. Learning how to remain calm in times of stress will not only make things
go more smoothly immediately, it can also, over time, help you lead a healthier, happier life.
Lesson 9 : Remain calm in all situations either good or bad
Those who remain unmoved by the
wind of joy silently follow the Path.

The monkey mind is the mind that jumps from one thing to the next, fears, demands, grabs and
sabotages our lives. But when we take charge of our focus, we still and dissolve the monkey mind,
and we also discover a place within which we can always return, for wisdom, strength and comfort.
When we allow the external world to consume us, we are simply giving our natural treasures away.
Lesson 10 : Take charge of our focus
Buddhas move freely
through birth and
death, appearing and
disappearing at will.

Take your time in reading them. Inwardly digest them. Chew on them. Be challenged by
them. Dont discard them, but simply ask yourself what is the lesson I have just learned
once you have read them. Read them more than once. Seek to understand.
Not creating delusions is enlightenment.
Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.
Not suffering another existence is reaching the Way.
Thank You Very Much
Sompong Yusoontorn