Emptiness is Noble Truth

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Bodhidharma was a Buddhist Monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century and transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China, and he also began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin Kungfu .

Encounter with Emperor Xiāo Yǎn 蕭衍

The Anthology of the Patriarchal Hall says that in 527, Bodhidharma visited Emperor Wu of Liang (Xiāo Yǎn 蕭衍, posthumous name Wǔdì 武帝), a fervent patron of Buddhism:

Emperor Wu: “How much karmic merit have I earned for ordaining Buddhist monks, building monasteries, having sutras copied, and commissioning Buddha images?”
Bodhidharma: “None. Good deeds done with worldly intent bring good karma, but no merit.”
Emperor Wu: “So what is the highest meaning of  Noble Truth “
Bodhidharma: “There is no noble truth, there is only emptiness.”
Emperor Wu: “Then, who is standing before me?”
Bodhidharma: “I know not, Your Majesty.”

Out of Emptiness and into Emptiness is Noble Truth . ram H singhal

Love All.

(c) ram H singhal

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