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Is Bodhidharma also a Patriarch?

A monk asked Master Daegwang, “Is Bodhidharma also a Patriarch?” Master said, “No, he isn’t.” The monk said, “Why did he come if he was not a Patriarch?” Master said, “Because you don’t recognise a Patriarch.” The monk said, “How is it after I recognise a Patriarch?” Master answered, “Only then can you know that Bodhidharma is not a Patriarch.”

Student: “How can I know that Bodhidharma is not a Patriarch?”

Master: “The Patriarch was already there before Bodhidharma came from India.”

Commentary:

To see the immovable in the moving is to see the Buddha.

©Boo Ahm

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