Despite the impermanence in life, one must bloom with exuberance.
Master Hsing Yun once said, a flower possesses six spiritual perfections: generosity – the joy a blooming flower brings; principle – a flower does pull on other plants to grow; endurance – of a seed buried in the dark soil, of a flower battered by wind, frost, rain and snow; commitment – a flower offers its scent when its petals open and nutrition as its petals fall in the cycle of life; introspection – in silence and tranquility, a flower blooms; wisdom – transforming, extraordinary, bearer of boundless insight.
The Six Perfections in Buddhism are six dimensions of human character that lead to enlightenment. The life cycle of a flower encapsulates all these stages.
From the philosophical standpoint of Chan and Buddhism, the root of impermanence and life’s suffering is attachment. A flower blooms and wilts, every moment in our lives is a direct confrontation to our existence as we know it. Yet we never stop striving to blossom, to bring beauty into this earth. Yang once said, “The discussion of life need not be esoteric. It can be simple, like a single flower.”
Using flowers as a metaphor for life is a reminder to treat the suffering of life with deeper compassion and understanding. Regardless of how the world around you changes, focusing on kindness will soothe the soul like a beautiful flower. As a form of self-practice, it is a wisdom that encourages the release from suffering and gaining of happiness.