12 August 2006
Greys Peak Sutra
In one of his earliest sermons, The Buddha stood beside a lake and prepared to talk to his disciples who had gathered there .
While he waited, The Buddha noticed a lotus blooming in the water of nearby muddy pond. He bent slowly down, clutching his robes, stepping a bit into the mud on the bank of the pond, and pulled up the Lotus - flower, long stem, root and all.
Then he held it up high so that all his students might see it. He stood motionless for a long time in the warm sun. water dripping off the Lotus roots, without saying anything. Arm held high with the lotus flower. He had a slight smile on his face and his eyes were wide and bright as he scanned the expressionless faces of his followers.
Suddenly his disciple, Mahakashyapa, smiled. He understood!
I offer up this picture to you in the same spirit (worth a click to get the full effect...)
Om Mani Padme Hum