THE EYE OF THE TRUE TEACHING
When the Buddha was once delivering a discourse, he turned a flower in his ringers and held it before his attentive listeners. All were silent. The silence was so much the sound of a pin drop would have been heard. Only Mahakasyapa smiled.
Buddha said, “I have the eye of the true teaching, the heart of Nirvana, the true aspect of non-form, and the ineffable stride of Truth. It is not expressed by words but especially transmitted beyond teaching. This teaching I have given to Mahakasyapa.”
When the Buddha turned a flower in his fingers and held it before his listeners, only Mahakasyapa smiled big-time. He understood the mind of the Buddha. The flower is flower, nothing else. It has no pretense, no pride, and no shame.
The essence of all things is the wordless word, the formless form. Truth is not words. Words and teachings merely point. Zen is transmitted without words from mind to mind.
Many fail to grasp the essence of awareness because they have become too numbed by presumptions that percolate in their minds even when enlightenment is taught using the most mundane things like the flower itself. When the audience was expecting to be taught sophisticated philosophy of enlightenment at that time, the Buddha decided to teach that they fail to ATTAIN because their minds have become too accustomed to expect ‘something’. We enter every circumstance expecting to gain something in return and that subtle ‘greed’ becomes our very barrier to Thatness.