This is a flower.
Lama Puntso sometimes tells this story about how Gendun Rinpoche used to admonish all his disciples. He would say, “You see a flower and you think, ‘Oh, what a beautiful flower.’ I see a flower and I multiply it in my mind a million times. A million times a million times. And then I offer it to the Buddhas.”
This is a flower. A million times. A million times a million times. Here Buddhas, have a flower. You too. Have a flower.
This is a double rainbow.
It appeared over the temple after yesterday’s evening storm. In Tibetan Buddhism, rainbows are considered signs of the miraculous powers of great beings. In Western science, rainbows are considered a refraction of light through innumerable tiny molecules of water.
Science feels miraculous. That beauty comes from energy we cannot touch bouncing off of teeny particles that are mostly empty space.
The universe is filled with beings struggling to be great. It is a miracle that we are here.
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