The doctrines are useless and so are hardships or devotion. Bodhidharma delivers only one message - that of instantaneous knowledge of one's true nature, nothing more. This mind is the Buddha mind. This mind is the movement. No motion, no mind, and since its essence is emptiness, it never really moves.
Is enlightenment instantaneous, or is it gradual? Which practice will lead to enlightenment? How to be the witness and remain as non-doer? Is there a supreme doer? What happens when I let go of doership and ownership? Lets discuss these questions.
We start with Bloodstream sermon. Bodhidharma explains the mind and the self-nature. He puts it clearly that the mind itself is the self-nature and trying to find the self-nature beyond this mind is impossible. This mind is the Buddha. To realize this is Zen.
There is often this question that, given our current existence as a human being with a body and a mind, what one should do? In other words how to live this human life? Most of us blindly follow what others are doing, or whatever we were told to do, resulting in a less than optimal experience. We will see that the goal has been already set for you, and it is - Happiness and Freedom. No matter what you do, you end up choosing an action that leads to happiness and freedom. We are incapable of choosing anything else. We will discuss about how to achieve this effortlessly and practically. (This is a remastered and edited version of an earlier podcast).
Reading the book - "The Zen teaching of Bodhidharma", with commentary and discussion. Bodhidharma is the father of Zen, which is based on the path of knowledge, as taught by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha himself. We explore its similarities with Advaita and other Nondual philosophies.
Mankind's greatest discovery is realization of their own essential nature. When we act in knowledge, we reach our goals of happiness and freedom. In ignorance we remain a slave of situations and obey the will of others, we remain in misery and bondage. Rising above the lower planes is possible via mental transmutation. Know the mind, and transmute the mind. This is real magic.
If the consciousness is only one, if it is universal, why is my experience limited to this mind and body? Why can't everything become an objective experience at once? Why the experience is necessarily limited, although the experiencer is not? Let's introspect and find out.
The Gender is the creative principle active in all the planes of existence. Without the opposites, there is no creation, no structures are formed. Creation is a dance of opposites. The I and Me are two aspects, masculine and feminine. The I is the Will, the Me is the creative energy. I influences the Me, and hence it becomes necessary to wake up to this truth, exercise the will of the I and shield Me from undesirable influences from other minds.