Searching for His Mind, He Cannot Find It;
Is Already Calmed
After Dharma Master Shen Guang listened to the
Dharma, his arm began to hurt. A while ago, he hadn't thought about
his arm; he only thought about how he could get the snow to turn red.
He forgot all about the pain in his arm. But after Patriarch
Bodhidharma had finished explaining the Dharma to him, his discursive
mind became active again. "Oow! The stump of the arm I just cut off
really hurts!" Then he said to Patriarch Bodhidharma, "Ouch! My mind
is in pain. I can't stand it! Please, Patriarch, quiet my mind."
"Your mind is in pain?" said Patriarch
Bodhidharma. "Bring out your mind and show it to me. Then I will help
quiet it for you and you won't feel any more pain."
Dharma Master Shen Guang searched for his
mind. Where was his mind? He looked in the north, east, south, west,
in the intermediate points, and up and down. It was simply not to be
found anywhere! At last he said to Patriarch Bodhidharma, "I can't
find my mind! It is nowhere to be found."
"I have already finished quieting your mind!"
said the Patriarch. "You can't find your mind; I have already calmed
it for you."
Upon hearing that, the Second Patriarch
suddenly became enlightened. Those few words brought him to a great
awakening. Having achieved a profound awakening, his mind no longer
hurt, his liver did not hurt, nor did the tips of the hairs in his
pores. From that time on, he cultivated the Dharma door taught by
Patriarch Bodhidharma, known as "a direct pointing to the human mind
that leads to seeing the nature and realizing Buddhahood; a special
transmission beyond the teaching that is not set forth in words or
The Second Patriarch transmitted this Dharma
door to the Third Patriarch, who in turn passed it to the Fourth
Patriarch. The Fourth Patriarch transmitted it to the Fifth
Patriarch. The Fifth Patriarch then transmitted that Dharma to the
Sixth Patriarch. That Dharma has been passed down from generation to
generation in China. Now it has come to America. But here in
America, no one has knelt for nine years, and no one needs to. All
you have to do is to bring forth a true mind to cultivate; then you
will be able to attain this Dharma.