JoJonos But once he sees his nature, all doubts vanish. The Buddha is a product of the mind. Whoever sees his nature is a Buddha. None of them are Buddhas. The Way is wordless.
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One of the recovered Zen texts was a seven-piece collection, the Bodhidharma Anthology. Of the numerous texts attributed to Bodhidharma, this anthology is the only one generally believed to contain authentic Bodhidharma material. Jeffrey L. Broughton provides a reliable annotated translation of the Bodhidharma Anthology along with a detailed study of its nature, content, and background.
His work is especially important for its rendering of the three Records, which contain some of the earliest Zen dialogues and constitute the real beginnings of Zen literature. The vivid dialogues and sayings of Master Yuan, a long-forgotten member of the Bodhidharma circle, are the hallmark of the Records.
Master Yuan consistently criticizes reliance on the Dharma, on teachers, on meditative practice, and on scripture, all of which lead to self-deception and confusion, he says. According to Master Yuan, if one has spirit and does not seek anything, including the teachings of Buddhism, then one will attain the quietude of liberation.
Broughton utilizes a Tibetan translation of the Bodhidharma Anthology as an informative gloss on the Chinese original. Placing the anthology within the context of the Tun-huang Zen manuscripts as a whole, he proposes a new approach to the study of Zen, one that concentrates on literary history, a genealogy of texts rather than the usual genealogy of masters.
There are two known extant accounts written by contemporaries of Bodhidharma. Altishahr or the Tarim Basin in southern Xinjiang. Sometimes it was used more generally to refer to other regions to the west of China as well, such as the Indian subcontinent as in the novel Journey to the West. A fresco from the Bezeklik , dated to the 9th or 10th century; although Albert von Le Coq assumed the red-haired monk was a Tocharian ,  modern scholarship has identified similar Caucasian figures of the same cave temple No.
The Bodhidharma Anthology: The Earliest Records of Zen
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