The Flower Sermon

“Preach the gospel at all times.  Use words if necessary.”

~attributed to Francis of Assisi


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The Flower Sermon

Toward the end of his life, the Buddha took his disciples to a quiet pond for instruction. As they had done so many times before, the Buddha’s followers sat in a small circle around him, and waited for the teaching.


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 symbolized, 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.”


Mahakashyapa became Buddha’s successor from that day forward.


Karita Mattila sings “Die Lotosblume” by Robert Schumann

The Lotus flower fears
before the suns splendour,
and with drooping head
she dreamily awaits the night.

The moon, he is her lover.
He wakes her with his light
and to him she happily unveils
her devoted flower-face.

She blooms and glows and shines
and stares mute in the heavens.
She exhales and weeps and trembles
with love and love’s pain.

(H. Heine, translation from wiki)

Be well, and at peace,


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One Comment on “The Flower Sermon”

  1. solange Says:

    Beautiful page… great pictures.
    Love and light

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