Dharma Talks

Bodhidharma: On Mind-Watching

 

III.A. Evil Dharma Is the Root of Three Poisonous Minds

Hye Ka; What is the root of the unenlightened, dark mind and all sin?7

Bodhidharma: The unenlightened dark mind has eighty-four thousand sufferings (defilements) and lusts; the sins are as many as the sands of the Ganges River.

In short, they are all derived from three poisons; greedy mind, angry mind, and ignorant mind.

These three poisonous minds are like one immense tree having only one root but an immeasurable number of branches and leaves.

The three poisonous minds originally prevailed over all sins.

Furthermore, when this poisonous root creates all varieties of karmic sins, it is actually a hundred, thousand, or even ten-thousand times bigger than the simile of branches and leaves.

III.B. Original Face of Six Thieves

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