Dharma Talks

  Bodhidharma: On Mind-Watching


XVIII. What Is the Propper Nourishment?

There are five different kinds of nourishment.

First, the enthusiastic dharma nourishment; depend on the Buddha's right dharma, uphold it with pleasure, and cultivate it.

Second, the meditative, joyful nourishment; inside and outside are tranquil and bright; mind and body are joyful.

Third, the mindful nourishment; always thinking of Buddha mindfully, mind and mouth are in accord with each other.

Fourth, the vowing nourishment: either coming or going, staying, sitting, or lying down, always determined with good vows.

Fifth, the great liberation nourishment; mind is always immaculate and should not be tainted by worldly dust.

That is the reason it is called,26 'proper nourishment.'

XIX. What Is Fasting?

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