One day the World-Honoured One held up a flower in front of the assembly of myriads of beings, and twirled it.
Mahakashyapa alone smiled.
The World-Honoured One said, “I transmit the treasury of the true dharma eye of all buddhas to Mahakashyapa.”
Student: “What is the treasury of the true Dharma of all Buddhas
transmitted to Mahakashyapa?”
Master: “It is what cannot be transmitted.”
Student: “Why did the World-Honoured One say that he did?”
Master: “Why don’t you remember he said on his deathbed that he
didn’t say even a word?”
Student: “What is it then?”
Master: “How could I avoid calling you blind?”
The treasury can be neither transmitted nor spoken. Don’t try to have it transmitted by being deluded by words.
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