rivers into islands

rivers into islands

Thursday, September 4, 2014

No Rule

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.
Marcel Proust

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.

Flower smiles.
What does Mahakasyapa see?

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