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”