• Buddha, Ananda and the Flower

    There’s a story of the Buddha that one day he was holding a flower and he had all his disciples there. His favorite disciple Ananda and he was staring at the flower and Ananda just smiled and Buddha smiled back and that was the end of the summer. It was called the silent ceremony and no one spoke a word. So everyone went to Ananda and said what happened? It seems you saw something else and all we saw was a flower. Ananda said I saw the flower but I also saw rainbows and sunshine and earth and water and wind. I saw the infinite void, I saw stars, I saw galaxies, and then I saw the infinite formless consciousness pretending to be a flower at this moment.

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