Slice: BEYOND WORDS – THE BUDDHA’S FLOWER SERMON

by The House of Yoga | 06-01-2017

There is a story that is cherished among zen practitioners, demonstrating that some aspects of existence simply cannot be described—that direct experience is more powerful than pages and pages and pages of sacred scripture or hours of eloquent talking.

On a particular day, a large group of monks and students had gathered to hear the Buddha give a sermon.

He sat on the teaching seat surrounded by anxious and excited disciples, who were anticipating an inspiring and enlightening lecture with the great teacher. Many of them whispered to one another, speculating what topic they would learn about.

On this day, however, the Buddha did not say a word.

He simply held up a flower.

One of his close disciples smiled.

And he is said to be the only one in the entire crowd to have understood the teachings.

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Author: The House of Yoga

Author: The House of Yoga

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