On October 9 and 10, 1999, over three hundred students from fifteen countries gathered at Providence Zen Center for the Fifth Triennial Whole World is a Single Flower Conference.
Thank you very much everyone for coming to this “Whole World Is A Single Flower” conference. Already five times!
How do we get world peace? If one mind appears, then the whole world appears.
A long time ago, Buddha picked up a flower… only Mahakasyapa smiled. One thousand two hundred other people didn’t understand. That is Buddha’s teaching.
After the Second World War Zen Master Man Gong wrote, “The whole world is a single flower.”
So Buddha’s teaching, Zen Master Man Gong’s teaching, and us having the “Whole World Is A Single Flower” conference five times — are they the same or are they different? If you are thinking, you have already gone to hell. If you are not thinking, you have a problem. What can you do? All of you have been practicing for a long time; is there any less suffering in the world? So, we’ll try chanting the mantra of the world’s original sublimity together three times.
Thank you very much. Already “the whole world is a single flower” appears.