Posted inArt and Poems, Other Teachings

Flower Sermon

July 4, 2020

Once upon a time the world honored one was at Vulture Peak.

 Before a vast crowd of lay practitioners, nuns, and monks, angelic creatures, and even gods,

he held up a single flower and twirled it.

Of the assembled crowd only the disciple Mahakashyapa,

responded, breaking into a wide grin.

The Buddha, lord of wisdom, physician of the heart, announced…

I have the eye treasury of the true Dharma, the marvelous mind of nirvana, 
the true form of no-form, the subtle gate of the Dharma. 
This wisdom does not depend on letters, 
it is transmitted outside all formal teachings.
I now entrust it to Kashyapa.

Photos and creation by Rosa Bellino
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