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Buddhism Lotus Flower Symbol and Images

Buddhist Lotus Flower quote by Gautama Buddha:

"As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world".


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Here a statue shows Buddha meditating with a lotus flower in front of him.

According to Buddhist principles, the heart of a person who has not attained enlightenment is the embodiement of a lotus that has not blossomed yet. Once enlightenment has been reached their heart becomes a lotus in bloom.

This is why depictions of Buddha often show him seated upon an open lotus flower.

A common way of understanding the Buddhist concepts of enlightement is told through the parable of the lotus. The lotus grows in muddy water, and yet the dirt and muddy water fall off its leaves and petals, keeping it clean and pure.


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Buddhist Lotus Flower Quote from Sri Guru Granth Sahib:

"You Yourself are the water, You Yourself are the fish, and You Yourself are the net. You Yourself cast the net, and You Yourself are the bait. You Yourself are the lotus, unaffected and still brightly-colored."

A connection is made that the seed of the lotus blossom represents a person at an early stage of the karmic cycle.

As the person continues to walk their path and rises higher in their spiritual evolution, they leave the murky water of samsara (pain/suffering/attachment) behind.

This is when the lotus bud emerges from under the water and reaches a purer state of consciousness. Over time the bud blossoms as they move towards a state of nirvana.

When a person has reached nirvana (enlightement/freedom from worldly attachments) they are representative of a perfect lotus bloom.


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The lotus appears elsewhere in Buddhism as well. It is one of the eight auspicious Buddhist symbols, has it's own title as one of the Buddhist holy books, "The Sutra on the White Lotus of the Sublime Dharma", also known more simply as the Lotus Sutra, and is mentioned by Buddha repeatedly in his teachings.

Lotus flowers can be found adorning household items, temples, and art throughout asia including China, Thailand, Japan and more.

The color of the Buddhism Lotus Flower also has signifigance.

The white lotus symbolizes the state of Bodhi, peace and serenity.

The red lotus symbolizes the heart-state of compassion and love.

The blue lotus symbolizes wisdom.

The pink lotus symbolizes the Buddha and enlightenment.

The golden lotus symbolizes the worlds beyond this one on higher realms.

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