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Sakyamuni’s Flower

One day the World-Honoured One held up a flower in front of the assembly of myriads of beings, and twirled it.

Mahakashyapa alone smiled.

The World-Honoured One said, “I transmit the treasury of the true dharma eye of all buddhas to Mahakashyapa.”

Student: “What is the treasury of the true Dharma of all Buddhas

transmitted to Mahakashyapa?”

Master: “It is what cannot be transmitted.”

Student: “Why did the World-Honoured One say that he did?”

Master: “Why don’t you remember he said on his deathbed that he

didn’t say even a word?”

Student: “What is it then?”

Master: “How could I avoid calling you blind?”



The treasury can be neither transmitted nor spoken. Don’t try to have it transmitted by being deluded by words.

©Boo Ahm

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