Bodhidharma Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Bodhidharma quotes, Bodhidharma sayings, and Bodhidharma proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Not creating delusions is enlightenment. Bodhidharma
Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help. Bodhidharma
The mind is the root from which all things grow if you can understand the mind, everything else is included. Bodhidharma
The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion. Bodhidharma
The Way is basically perfect. It doesn't require perfecting. Bodhidharma
According to the Sutras, evil deeds result in hardships and good deeds result in blessings. Bodhidharma
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. Bodhidharma
Freeing oneself from words is liberation. Bodhidharma
Worship means reverence and humility. It means revering your real self and humbling delusions. Bodhidharma
To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. Bodhidharma
To have a body is to suffer. Bodhidharma
The Dharma is the truth that all natures are pure. Bodhidharma
Someone who seeks the Way doesn't look beyond himself. Bodhidharma
Our nature is the mind. And the mind is our nature. Bodhidharma
Still others commit all sorts of evil deeds, claiming karma doesn't exist. They erroneously maintain that since everything is empty, committing evil isn't wrong. Such persons fall into a hell of endless darkness with no hope of release. Those who are wise hold no such conception. Bodhidharma
Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. Bodhidharma
Not creating delusions is enlightenment. Bodhidharma