Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume. ~ French Proverb
Your mind, a holy garden
Your thoughts are seeds to germinate
Into flowers or weeds
As of 2010, there were approximately 400,000 types of flowering plant species in the world, known that is.
When Bankei was preaching at Ryumon temple, a Shinshu priest, who believed in salvation through the repitition of the name of the Buddha of Love, was jealous of his large audience and wanted to debate with him.
Bankei was in the midst of a talk when the priest appeared, but the fellow made such a disturbance that bankei stopped his discourse and asked about the noise.
“The founder of our sect,” boasted the priest, “had such miraculous powers that he held a brush in his hand on one bank of the river, his attendant held up a paper on the other bank, and the teacher wrote the holy name of Amida through the air. Can you do such a wonderful thing?”
Bankei replied lightly: “Perhaps your fox can perform that trick, but that is not the manner of Zen. My miracle is when I am thirsty, I drink, when I am hungry I eat.
~The Real Miracle~