Easter Haiku

diva
Sakyamuni
always raising the flower,
cat always smiling.

This time of year means a lot of different things to a lot of people. For many it is the beginning of spring.

There is the wonderful story of Sakyamuni Buddha
raising the lotus flower and
Mahakashyapa
smiling.

I heard a recent commentary where the historical reality of this “event” was questioned, which is bizarrely appropriate because the point of the story is that everybody else who was there missed it and yet “not missing it” was so significant and yet wordless that it became the story of transmission, of zen teacher to zen student.

It is always Spring
And Sakyamuni Buddha
always raises the lotus flower.

I wish everyone a wonderful holiday weekend.

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