花は 黙って咲き 黙って散っていく そうして再び枝に帰らない
けれども その一時一処に この世のすべてを託している
A Flower Does Not Talk
Silently a flower blooms, In silence it falls away;
Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,
The world of the flower, the whole of the world is blooming.
This is the talk of the flower, the truth of the blossom;
The glory of eternal life is fully shining here.
—— by Zenkei Shibayama*: Translated by Sumiko Kudō
As mentioned in the above poem by Zenkei Shibayama, flowers do not talk, but in silence, they
rejoice with us when we are happy; sympathize us when we are sad; encourage and give hope
to us when we are depressed; cheer us when we are in love; encourage us when we are stressed;
pray for us when we are sick; give us energy when we are helpless; and comfort us when we are
Flowers not only dance with us on various occasions, but also teach us important life lessons.
Flowers withstand the cold and heat without complaining. Flowers share their life energy with
all of us impartially. We, humans should listen to their stories and treat them kindly and
thoughtfully. We should reciprocate their blessings with respect and kindness.
-KOKORO message from Kimiko Gunji: April 30, 2010
This was written after I heard the news about two cities in Japan cutting fully blossomed tulips down because people continued to visit the parks even after the government banned people from visiting them. Because of the conduct of selfish, unruly, and inconsiderate human beings, innocent and beautiful flowers were sacrificed. A very sad incident which reflects this time in history
(柴山 全慶, Shibayama Zenkei, 1894-1974), a former Abbot of Nanzen-ji, was a Japanese Rinzai master well known for his commentary on the Mumonkan. The Abbot Shibayama also taught at Otani University and was the head abbot of the entire Nanzenji Organization, overseeing the administration of over five hundred temples. [Due to a number of lecture tours he undertook to the United States in the 1960s, and the translation of several of his books into English, the abbot Shibayama was a significant contributor to the establishment of Zen in America (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
Tea students in the Urasenke Urbana-Champaign association