Daruma taught that the Buddha’s doctrine should be transmitted from mind to mind, by directly pointing at the heart of a man so that he would see his nature and attain his own.
What ineffable nonsense did Bodhidharma mean?
Paintings whisper and so do poems.
“Listening to the Pines Study“
“I hear there is a man of high virtue in the realm of the west, who lives at Nanmei;
High above the hut soar tall pine trees, offering their green canopies;
A lamp casting spots of light behind the tiny window must indeed make me long to get there.
Sounds of the wind blend with the reading voice all night long.
Trek, trek up the precarious path, the road through the mountains goes on and on;
The hermit’s abode between the moss-covered cliff and the deep green stream;
Hermitage, after all, is no more than a trifling way of life;
Whispers of pine trees may lure you on, but don’t let leisure turn into lethargy.“
A clue, the whispers are like the sirens.
The oracles draw us deep under water.
Why would they want to lure us into the lethargy of deep?
Or are they showing us the sleep of death?
Like drifting down into the deep darkness of the deepest ocean.
Other whispers seem to raise us to the stars.
Somehow we live in the middle.
I understand maybe why humanity gave up this way of knowing nature.
Why only a few bore the burden of the heights and the deep.
In a way orthodoxy came into being as a response to the whispers.
You entered that realm through the arts and/or ecstasy.