This series is inspired on flowers. So simple and yet full of silent power.
A flower has endless and wordless ways to express the pleasant things of life.
Don’t Miss the Flower – A Short Zen Story from Thich Nhat Hanh [Excerpt]
One day the Buddha held up a flower in front of an audience of 1,250 monks and nuns. He did not say anything for quite a long time. The audience was perfectly silent. Everyone seemed to be thinking hard, trying to see the meaning behind the Buddha’s gesture.
Then, suddenly, the Buddha smiled. He smiled because someone in the audience smiled at him and at the flower. The name of that monk was Mahakashyapa. He was the only person who smiled, and the Buddha smiled back and said, “I have a treasure of insight, and I have transmitted it to Mahakashyapa.”
When someone holds up a flower and shows it to you, he (or she) wants you to see it. If you keep thinking, you miss the flower.’