Sunday, November 06, 2005

buddha's flower sermon


But this time the Buddha had no words. He reached into the muck and pulled up a lotus flower. And he held it silently before them, its roots dripping mud and water.

The disciples were greatly confused. Buddha quietly displayed the lotus to each of them. In turn, the disciples did their best to expound upon the meaning of the flower: what it symbollized, and how it fit into the body of Buddha’s teaching.

When at last the Buddha came to his follower Mahakasyapa, the disciple suddenly understood. He smiled and began to laugh. Buddha handed the lotus to Mahakasyapa and began to speak.

“What can be said I have said to you,” smiled the Buddha, “and what cannot be said, I have given to Mahakashyapa.”

from PaperFrog - who gives the same interpretation i have...

here is an interesting and odd visual interpretation of the flower sermon

well, my photo isn't of a flower, but that's ok, cause i'm not a buddha (and chances are, you are not Mahakasyapa)

but i see my photos in this spirit - an invitation to see - which i give both to myself and you...

i took a boatload of photos today and will post more as time allows...


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