Meditation Technique

Flower Meditation Technique

 (Buddhist value: Fresh and beautiful flowers of today will become withered and ugly tomorrow. This reminds us of the Buddha's teaching that all things are impermanent.)

Imagine that you are a beautiful flower. What kind of flower are you? See the color of your petals. Appreciate that you are now a beautiful flower.

Someone comes along and buys you from the flower shop. She puts you into a vase filled with water. You are gently sucking up the water and blooming more beautifully than before. You are fresh and sending off a sweet fragrance. The lady puts you on the table and offers you to the Buddha. You stand beautifully in the vase, bringing joy and happiness to people's hearts when they see you.

One day has passed. Slowly, the color of your petals becomes dull. You are no longer sending off a sweet fragrance. Your petals become withered and discolored. You are ugly and faded.