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Observing a Flower

A Spanish friend sent today the following story:

Once Buddha showed a flower to his disciples and asked them to say something about that beautiful flower.

For a while the disciples observed the miracle of nature in silence. Then one of them gave a whole philosophy lecture on the flower. Another one recited a poem about the flower. A third one gave a metaphor for this flower. Each of them tried to surpass the others with his eloquence. The youngest of them, however, looked at the flower; he smiled and said nothing.

Only he had seen it.


Buddha Padmapani holding a flower – from Ajanta Caves, India

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