Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Youngest Granddaughter - Alice






THE FLOWER SERMON


(PHOTO BY JASON FAULKNER)




I possess the true Dharma eye, the

marvelous mind of Nirvana, the true form of

the formless, the subtle [D]harma [G]ate

that does not rest on words or letters but is a

special transmission outside of the

scriptures. This I entrust to Mahākāśyapa.

The Flower Sermon
(Wikipedia)

Among adherents of Zen, the origin of Zen Buddhism is ascribed to a story, known in English as the Flower Sermon, in which Śākyamuni Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) transmits direct prajñā (wisdom) to the disciple Mahākāśyapa. In the original Sino-Japanese, the story is called nengemishō (拈花微笑, literally "pick up flower, subtle smile"). In the story, Śākyamuni gives a wordless sermon to his disciples (sangha) by holding up a white flower. No one in the audience understands the Flower Sermon except Mahākāśyapa, who smiles. Within Zen, the Flower Sermon communicates the ineffable nature of tathātā (suchness) and Mahākāśyapa's smile signifies the direct transmission of wisdom without words. Śākyamuni affirmed this by saying: 


THEY ARE SUCH GREAT TEACHERS!

ALAN

2 comments:

Mystic Meandering said...

She is so sweet, Alan! I love her pose - as if to say: See how simple it is... Touched my heart strings this morning ~ ~ ~ ~ Bows

Annotated Margins said...

Isn't it wonderful to have such beautiful teachers around us!