Dharma Talks

 Bodhidharma: On Mind-Watching


XVI. How to Operate the Tao?

To operate the Tao six times a day implies to operate the Buddha-Tao in the six sense roots all the time.

By operating all good-conducts of enlightenment(so as) to control the six sense roots without abandoning them, is called operating six different kinds of Tao.

Stupa is nothing but body and mind; bright wisdom is the real ceremony of encircling the stupa.22

Past sages attained Nirvana23 by operating this Tao, but people today do not understand this, they would not be called Men of Tao.24

The ignorant ones, without operating within, rater look outside for karmic result thereby tiring themselves, by encircling the stupa day and night.25

But, that is not be beneficial for self-nature at all. What a pity it is!

XVII. How to Discipline Body and Mind

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