Saturday, November 04, 2006

The sacred lotus


The lotus appears frequently in Buddhist teachings. Why is the lotus such a powerful symbol?

The sacred lotus, nelumbo nucifera, grows in marshy areas. Its roots cling to the bottom of the pond or stream in which it grows, while its petals floats on the surface of the water and its flower sits atop the stem a couple of centimeters above the water.

The lotus flower, therefore, symbolizes purity of mind. By practicing the Eightfold Path, the practitioner can elevate her mind above the muddy quagmire of suffering. We should all seek to be like the lotus, remaining aware of the pain of existence and yet rising above temptation, hatred and greed to express the natural beauty of compassionate consciousness.

May each of you bloom like the lotus...

Namaste.

4 comments:

Raymond said...

Very philosophical indeed, it's quite amazing how religions can turn everyday otherwise mundane items into symbols of holy power - Buddhism the lotus, Christianity the crucifix, among the most famous. Both symbolize transcendence, and I think that is why the early believers bothered with these symbols in the first place.

alison said...

perfect. thank u for sharing and reminding :)

"James" said...

Yes, the lotus is one of my favorite symbols in Buddhism. Plus, it is one of my favorite flowers. Thank-you for this reminder. May you bloom like the lotus as well.

Anonymous said...

notice the lotus petal settle