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Polish ODZ commemorates Daruma

Skin, flesh, bone, marrow
Bodhidharma asked, "Can each of you say something to demonstrate your understanding?"
Dao Fu stepped forward and said, "It is not bound by words and phrases, nor is it separate from words and phrases. This is the function of the Tao."
Bodhidharma: "You have attained my skin."
The nun Zong Chi stepped up and said, "It is like a glorious glimpse of the realm of Akshobhya Buddha. Seen once, it need not be seen again."
Bodhidharma; "You have attained my flesh."
Dao Yu said, "The four elements are all empty. The five skandhas are without actual existence. Not a single dharma can be grasped."
Bodhidharma: "You have attained my bones."
Finally, Huike ( jap. Niso Eka ) came forth, bowed deeply in silence and stood up straight.
Bodhidharma said, "You have attained my marrow."
Bodhidharma passed on the symbolic robe and bowl of dharma succession to Dazu Huike ( jap. Niso Eka ) and, some texts claim, a copy of the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra. Bodhidharma then either returned to India or died.

At 8th of October, in accordance to Daruma day held at 5.10 every year, we've placed Daruma's portrait at the altar and started to read Daruma sermons :
• Outline of Practice
• The Bloodstream Sermon
• The Wake-up Sermon
• The Breakthrough Sermon
texts can be found here: http://users.libero.it/seza/bodhidharma.pdf

Gassho
Seigen


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