Flower Sermon

IN ZEN BUDDHISM, the Flower Sermon refers to a time when the Buddha, in order to deliver a teaching on the ineffable ‘suchness’ of life in the present moment, simply held up a single lotus blossom. One disciple smiled. Thus indicating the direct transfer of wisdom without words.
I love to smile at flowers. I think the smile is felt, and returned, and amplified. Is it okay if it’s more than one flower, and if it’s an orchid rather than a lotus? Hmmm. Perhaps ask the orchid. Or the rose. Or the daisy…

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