We have been served different parts of the lotus at some of our more formal dinners here in Feicheng. It is not only delicious, but it is rich in vitamins and minerals.

So much for the nutritional value. The lotus is, quite simply, beautiful, and I was delighted to finally photograph it today. The plant grows in insanely murky water; yet it produces one of the most spectacular blooms on earth. I understand why it carries so much symbolism in the Buddhist faith.

The lotus grows in murky water and mud which reminds us that we are born in a world where there is suffering, which is a vital part of the human experience and makes us stronger and teaches us to resist temptation.

The lotus symbolizes the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness.

A closed lotus represents the time before a person finds Buddha or enlightenment.

The lotus in full bloom symbolizes full enlightenment and self-awareness.

The pink lotus flower represents the history of Buddha and the historical legends of the Buddha. The white lotus blossom, which I did not find today, symbolizes purity in the mind and spirit.

The lotus flower in Buddhism represents rebirth as a reincarnation, when a soul leaves this world in its present form to be reborn in another.

The lotus is used in traditional Chinese medicine and is rich in vitamins and minerals.

SOURCE:  “The Meaning of the Lotus Flower in Buddhism” 

Lotus Flower

37 thoughts on “Lotus Flower

  1. Thanks for sharing the explanations (and your photos). I love lotus flowers, though it’s hard to articulate exactly why. I personally can’t resist posting photos of them.

  2. What an utterly gorgeous post, Mona! I feel enlightened from reading it and gazing at the beautiful pink lotus flowers. Thank you. ~ Lily

    • I enjoy the travel themes ….. thanks. Since I’m not doing any traveling for a while, I’ll just have to dig through my library for future themes.

    • Thanks … I had a great time working in China. I appreciate your comment that I’ve capture the essence of the flower. That is the highest compliment.

  3. Hi Mona, Love the pictures, so much so that i would like to use one on a wordpress site that i am attempting to build for my local Buddhist group welshbuddhists.org.uk, it is not commercial in any way. If it is ok pls let me know. thanks

    • Steve, I am honored that you like my lotus flowers. They have watermarks on them so I need to send you an original image without a watermark. Can you give me your email address? I have sent a message to you through your Facebook page if you wish to give me your email address that way if not on this page. Thank you. ~Ramona

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