why!"), asks the "old cook, with lidded eyes" the classic koan: "Why did Bodhidharma
come from the West?" His answer: "I don't care" (11).
Daruma dolls, representing the Indian priest Bodhidharma
, the founder of Zen Buddhism in China, is used to bring luck.
Although recognized and acknowledged by the Fifth Patriarch (of the Zen lineage that started with Bodhidharma
, who is considered the First Patriarch), it was at night, and in secret, and Hui Neng was then sent away.
Hence, in the classic verse of Bodhidharma
, Zen is a tradition with "No dependence on words and letters," where the irrational sense of the koan is preferable to the misleading logic of ordinary discursive thought.
In Kung Fu Cult Masters, Leon Hunt states, "Buddhism was a 'foreign' influence in China, but it converges with 'Chinese' martial arts in the figure of the Indian monk Bodhidharma
Rather, his ideas emanate from Eastern and Western philosophy, ranging from Lao-Tse and Bodhidharma
to Plato, Hegel, and Heidegger.
Shotoku was also connected by rebirth or other means to central Buddhist figures including Sakyamuni Buddha, Maitreya (the Buddha of the future), Avalokitesvara (the bodhisattva of compassion), Queen Srimola (the protagonist of the Srimola-sutra), Bodhidharma
(the first patriarch of Chan Buddhism), and Huisi (515-577; the third patriarch of Chinese Tiantai).
The irst chapter defines tea; offers the legends of its "discovery" as a stimulating drink nearly five thousand years ago by mythical Chinese Emperor Shen Nong [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] and, much later, by Bodhidharma
In Tang times, Shaolin monks honored the violent Indian guardian god Vajrapani, but later they attributed their skills to the missionary Bodhidharma
, traditionally credited with bringing Chan (Zen) from India to China.
mutely face the wall for nine years, Bodhidharma
A monk asked Zhaozhou, "Why did Bodhidharma
come to China?" Zhaozhou replied, "The cypress in the courtyard." Cypress is both tree and cause.
(4) Cf Dharmabodhi, or even more interestingly: Bodhidharma
, the legendary patriarch of Chinese Chan.
Suddenly the travels of the Bodhidharma
might make more sense.
Three of the works continue Murakami's daruma portraits from last year's show at Gagosian in New York, essentially modeled after Bodhidharma
, the founder of Zen Buddhism.