Kiến tánh thành Phật
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Kiến tánh thành Phật

Kiến tánh thành Phật

Chinese: 見性成佛

This phrase is believed to come from a famous stanza by Bodhidharma, an Indian Buddhist monk who lived in the 5th or 6th century CE. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Buddhist meditation to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch.

Bodhidharma's Stanza:
Bất lập văn tự,
Giáo ngoại biệt truyền,
Trực chỉ nhơn tâm,
Kiến tánh thành Phật.

Translation:
Without using words, letters or scriptures,
Special religious instruction to specific learners,
To the consciousness, taking the direct way.
To gain insight into one's own true nature and thus become completely wise.