When Buddha was about to appoint a successor he held up a flower in the presence of over a thousand monks. Mahakashyapa smiled. He was the only one. The Buddha smiled back and acknowledged Mahakashyapa as his next in line.
What did Mahakashyapa know that the others didn't?
Go outside and find a dandelion that is white with seeds. Hold it up...and blow.
If you don't have a dandelion available...just hold one up in your imagination. Hold it up...and blow.
Thanks for visiting. My Dharma name is Shinzen. I began studying Goshindo Karate under the watchful eye of Shihan Paul Dean in 1969. Yes, I now have gray hair. I am also Lay-ordained in Soto Zen under the tutelage of Rev. Nonin Chowaney of the Nebraska Zen Center.