Question: What is buddha-mind?
Answer: Your mind is it. When you see the selfsame essence of it, you can call it suchness. When you see the changeless nature of it, you can call it dharmakaya. It does not belong to anything; therefore, it is called emancipation. It works easily and freely, never being disturbed by others; therefore, it is called the true path. It was not born and, therefore, it is not going to perish, so it is called nirvana.
Question: What is tathagata?
Answer: One who knows that he comes from nowhere and goes nowhere.
Question: What is buddha?
Answer: One who realizes the truth, and holds nothing that is to be realized.
Question: What is dharma?
Answer: It was never produced, and will never be reduced; therefore, it is called dharma, the norm of the universe.
Question: What is sangha?
Answer: It is so named because of the beauty of its harmony.
I am ecstatic because just the name of Bodhidharma is psychedelic to me. In the long evolution of human consciousness there has never been such an outlandish buddha as Bodhidharma: very rare, very unique, exotic. Only in some small ways George Gurdjieff comes close to him, but not very close, and only in some ways, not in all ways.
There have been many buddhas in the world, but Bodhidharma stands out like Everest. His way of being, living, and expressing the truth is simply his. It is incomparable.
Even his own master, Gautama the Buddha, cannot be compared with Bodhidharma. Even Buddha would have found it difficult to digest this man.
This man Bodhidharma traveled from India to China to spread the message of his master. Although they are separated by one thousand years, but to Bodhidharma and such men there is no time, no space. For Bodhidharma, Buddha was as contemporary as Buddha is contemporary to me.
On the surface you are my contemporaries, but between me and you there is a long, long distance. We live on different planets. In reality, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Pythagoras, Bahauddin, Bodhidharma: these are my contemporaries. Between them and me there is no gap either of time or of space.