My monastery has a portrait of Bodhidharma hanging. It was a painting in water and ink with a powerful pen. His eyebrows, eyes and bearded chin reveal a very melodious style, contrasting with the gentle lotus branch in front of the half-bloomed lake.
Patriarch Bodhidharma revealed the Dharma of reciting Buddha’s name
Every time I watch the lotus bloom, I see the Patriarch looking at me, at the lotus, with bright eyes. Those eyes, those flower branches, what are the similarities, what is different from the old eyes, the old flower branches of the story “Folding flowers vi Tieu”?
One day the Buddha was in front of the assembly of Linh Son. The monks silently waited for the daily sermon. But the Buddha still didn’t say anything. After a long time, the Buddha held a lotus flower and raised his eyes, looking straight at the crowd. The Linh Son Association was silent. Time seems to stop moving, space seems to be motionless. At that time there was a monk looking at the Buddha smiling, his eyes bright. The Buddha was so happy that he immediately said:
– I have the Dharma eye organ. Nirvana wonderful mind, true generals without signs, wonderful Dharma doors. Now give back to him. You should be careful to preserve it and make it flourish.
That teacher is the Venerable Ma Ha Kayapa.
The venerable had attained complete enlightenment when he saw a lotus branch, so he received a well-deserved reward. That is the heart seal of the Tathagata. At that time, the Venerable became the happiest person in the world, no longer subject to and controlled by birth, old age, illness, and death. The false religion is a disciple of the Buddha and is also a confidant of the Buddha. Because the Venerable and the Buddha understand each other.
In the article “Destiny to Enlightenment” there is a passage of Zen Master Chan Nguyen writing as follows:
One breakfast post Buddha’s eye birth It is said that the four sections tried to break down the eternal Diem Light, the Buddha’s eyes, and the sentient life.
A lamp of the Buddha’s heart and eyes, Communicating the four eyes to see the division, The lamp is endlessly bright, Sending Zen forest to teach sentient beings.
The verse with enough love and reason was said to be deeply and completely full of the sacred moment between the two teachers and students. Mahakasyapa fully received what the Buddha wanted to give. But what did the two teachers and students say to each other? And, that is the essence of Zen.
What is bodhicitta? Why should we generate bodhichitta?
With the eyes of a layman, I dare not discuss the realization of the Patriarch. Here, I only ask to receive and admire the eyes of the Patriarch in front of a flower branch. If it was Mr. Yunmen, he would say: “Kassapa sees a flower branch as a flower branch”. That’s all. But those eyes, that flower branch to those who are still standing in the alley, wanting to knock on the door of the meditation house is still an anecdote like “tieu Nguyet chi” (finger pointing to the moon) is wonderful. Because through that look, that smile, the Patriarch secretly sent his companions a message with many secrets. To see a flower as a flower is to see one’s own existence and the existence of all things without wisdom. Is seeing reality. Is to see nature. That’s why the Patriarch smiled. And, He did his best to make us smile too in the face of a budding joy or a dying sadness. It’s because He doesn’t want us to sink in suffering, but rather indulges in suffering and escapes suffering. Those eyes, that smile were thus continued forever.
Accordingly, the eyes of Bodhidharma Even though it is in the picture, when looking at a flower branch, it is still as vivid as the eyes of Patriarch Kashyapa during the Buddha’s time in the world. Because, for Zen masters, the cliché of time and space means nothing! Every eye can see, every flower is so beautiful. Therefore, when they see flowers, they see Buddha. The eyes of Bodhidharma therefore bear the symbol of confidence, of courage, of intuitive wisdom. The style and spirit of the Patriarch thus became the idol of those who wanted a great calm, a great peace, a great fearlessness, a great spiritual strength. Perhaps that is the reason why Zen monasteries worship the Patriarch’s portrait.
I am not a Zen master, but I am also privileged to be a Zen student. Therefore, every time I look at the lotus, although I am not blessed enough to see all the mystery of lotus flower or my own, to smile at Mr. Kashyapa’s smile, to see with His Holiness’s gaze, but I believe in their presence always beside me, supporting me. That presence is not only on symbols or stories that go into past history, but that presence is the regular presence of each lotus petal, lotus branch, lotus stem, lotus root that is deeply embedded in the mud. and ready to rise to a pure pink lotus to make offerings to the presence of each future Buddha. Including me and my brothers.
This morning, I saw Patriarch looking at a lotus flower. The lotus blooms looking at the whole blue sky. The blue sky was wide again in the eyes of the Patriarch.