Gotama Buddha proclaimed the Law for fifty years, and when his disciple Kasyapa asked him for the key to his teaching, the Buddha said, “From beginning to end I have not proclaimed a single word,” and held up a flower.
Ikkyu Sojun, Gaikotsu (Skeletons)
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
No physical, mental or verbal terms: no sutras, no chants, no prostrations, no special clothes or foods, no rules, no Buddhism—all empty. So empty, then flower. Mahakasyapa smiles.
What does Mahakasyapa see?