Bodhidharma  5th Century AD.  Indian Prince brought Buddhism to China

 

“To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature.  Your nature is the Buddha.  And the Buddha is the person who’s free: free of plans, free of cares.  If you don’t see your nature and run all day around looking somewhere else, you’ll never find a Buddha.  The truth is, there is nothing to find.  But to reach such understanding you need a teacher and you need to struggle to make yourself understand.  Life and death are  important.  Don’t suffer them in vain.  There’s no advantage in deceiving yourself.  Even if you have mountains of jewels and as many servants as the sand along the Ganges, you see them when your eyes are open.  But what about when your eyes are shut?  You should realize then that everything you see is like a dream or illusion.  If you don’t find a teacher soon, you’ll live this life in vain.  It’s true you have the Buddha-nature.  But without the help of a teacher you’ll never know it.” 

 

True spiritual teachers are emanations of the absolute form of the Buddha, the Dharmakaya, and are thus essentially the Buddha himself.  Being fully realized beings themselves, only they can help us realize our true nature..

    BUDDHISM, PATH TO NIRVANA,   K.N. Upadhyaya  p. 210,

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