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<blockquote>When Bodhidharma entered the court, the Emperor, after paying his proper respects, spoke to the Master thus: “For a long time I have used my own money to support many Buddhist temples and ordain many Buddhist monks and nuns. I have built schools for children and hospitals for the sick and ages, and aged. I have printed many Buddhist texts for free distribution to the people. I have done so many good things for Buddhism and for my people. Would you please tell me how much merit I will get?” Without a moment’s hesitation Bodhidharma answered: “No merit at all.”</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>When Bodhidharma entered the court, the Emperor, after paying his proper respects, spoke to the Master thus: “For a long time I have used my own money to support many Buddhist temples and ordain many Buddhist monks and nuns. I have built schools for children and hospitals for the sick and ages, and aged. I have printed many Buddhist texts for free distribution to the people. I have done so many good things for Buddhism and for my people. Would you please tell me how much merit I will get?” Without a moment’s hesitation Bodhidharma answered: “No merit at all.”</blockquote>
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<blockquote>The response struck the Emperor like a slap. The other masters had all taught him quite differently. “Do good,” they said, “and you will receive good; do bad and you will receive bad. Effects follow causes as shadows follow figures.” But now the Emperor thought, “Though I have done many good things, this master says, ‘No merit at all.’”...</blockquote>
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<blockquote>The response struck the Emperor like a slap. The other masters had all taught him quite differently. “Do good,” they said, “and you will receive good; do bad and you will receive bad. Effects follow causes as shadows follow figures.”...</blockquote>
    
<blockquote>The Emperor then asked Bodhidharma another question: “Would you please tell me, what is the essence of Buddhism?” Short and sharp the answer came, “No essence at all.”</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>The Emperor then asked Bodhidharma another question: “Would you please tell me, what is the essence of Buddhism?” Short and sharp the answer came, “No essence at all.”</blockquote>
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<blockquote>Meanwhile, left to himself, Bodhidharma thought: “This man is a Buddhist scholar, and yet even he could not understand. Perhaps conditions are not yet favorable enough for me to teach.” So he went to the Shao-Lin monastery in the state of Wei, sat cross-legged before a wall and entered into a deep state of meditation. He sat like this for nine years, waiting for conditions to ripen, waiting for someone to appear who would be capable of receiving the transmission of the wonderful Buddha Mind, that priceless treasure he had traveled all the way from India to China to transmit.<ref>Thich Thien-An, ''Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice'' (Emeryville, Calif.: Dharma Publishing, 1975) pp. 17–20.</ref></blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Meanwhile, left to himself, Bodhidharma thought: “This man is a Buddhist scholar, and yet even he could not understand. Perhaps conditions are not yet favorable enough for me to teach.” So he went to the Shao-Lin monastery in the state of Wei, sat cross-legged before a wall and entered into a deep state of meditation. He sat like this for nine years, waiting for conditions to ripen, waiting for someone to appear who would be capable of receiving the transmission of the wonderful Buddha Mind, that priceless treasure he had traveled all the way from India to China to transmit.<ref>Thich Thien-An, ''Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice'' (Emeryville, Calif.: Dharma Publishing, 1975) pp. 17–20.</ref></blockquote>
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The Shao-Lin temple later became famous for training monks in kung-fu, and Bodhidharma is honored as the founder of this martial art.  
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The Shaolin temple later became famous for training monks in kung fu, and Bodhidharma is honored as the founder of this martial art.  
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[[File:Shaolin Mural.jpg|thumb|Bodhidharma spent nine years in meditation a mile from the Shaolin Monastery in China. This mural from the monastery shows the monks practicing kung-fu, a tradition said to have been founded by Bodhidharma himself.]]
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[[File:Shaolin Mural.jpg|thumb|Bodhidharma spent nine years in meditation a mile from the Shaolin Monastery in China. This mural from the monastery shows the monks practicing kung fu, a tradition said to have been founded by Bodhidharma himself.]]
    
== Meditation ==
 
== Meditation ==

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