The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma – 达摩禅

The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma (also known as: Bodhi Dharma, 达摩祖师), Buddhist Chan (Zen) School twenty eighth generation patriarch, also known as the “East soil first generation patriarch.  With Zen Master Po Chi, Fu Dashi collectively referred to as the three major Chan Master during the Chinese Liang Dynasty .  He came to China by the sea during the Southern Dynasty (5th/6th century A.D.). When he arrived the Southern Metropole Jianye he met with Emperor Wu of the Southern Dynasty, but his teachings was not understood so the master left.  After that, Bodhidharma went northward to the Northern Wei Empire,  and settled down in Song Shan Shaolin Temple, where he meditated for nine years facing the wall .  His teachings was later transmitted to the second patriach Weike.

The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma:

Outline of Practise

The Wake-up Sermon


Chinese to English Translation by Red Pine, 1987

菩提达摩(英文:Bodhidharma、又称:菩提达磨),佛传禅宗第二十八祖,为中国禅宗的始祖,又称“东土第一代祖师”、“达摩祖师”。 与宝志禅师、傅大士合称梁代三大士。于中国南朝梁武帝时期航海到广州。梁武帝信佛。达摩至南朝都城建业会梁武帝,面谈不契,遂一苇渡江,北上北魏都城洛阳,后在嵩山少林寺,面壁九年,传衣钵于慧可。