Meaning of lotus in Buddhism


Lotus (Nelumbo Nucifera) is a kind of flower that grows from roots under the mud in the water, flowers are usually white, pink, sometimes yellow, green, purple …

Flowers bloom out of the water, exposing the calyx, pistil and seeds. Beautiful flowers pure fragrance, should be popular. Hinduism has a legend that at the beginning of the universe a lotus rose from the navel of the god Vishnu, in the middle of a flower with an anarchist. Lotus is one of the eight symbols of Buddhism, it is difficult to tell all Buddhist scriptures about lotus, the following is just a brief outline.

Legend has it that when Shakyamuni was born, he walked seven steps and had seven lotus flowers supporting his feet. Buddhas, Bodhisattvas are often described sitting or standing on lotus lotus handles. The Lotus Sutra Sutra takes lotus flowers as a sutta.

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Monasteries, pagodas, Buddhist associations often decorate or take lotus flowers as a symbol. The reason is because the beautiful lotus is pure, fragrant without the mud inside the flowers with the seeds …

Flowers are likened to pure, unpolluted sound, virtue, and perfection. Lotus is also compared with the process of cultivation, developing the mind: the lotus tree growing in the mud is likened to the mind which is obscured by samsara; trees rise in the water, are likened to the process of purification and purification; flowers blooming on the surface of the water exuding incense under the sun are likened to the enlightened mind.

Thien Thien explained about the discipline (the teaching of means) and the discipline (the true doctrine) of the Lotus Sutra that gave the three metaphors of the lotus through it, the lotus seed was likened to the truth, the lotus be likened to the right to turn; Because the seeds have flowers, the flowers bloom, the seeds appear, the flowers fall, the seeds form. That is because being truthful should have the right to turn (temporarily used to suit life), the right to turn is opened, then the truth is revealed, the right to disappear is truly formed fullness.

Bodhisattva Bodhisattva The Counselor raised 10 metaphors about the lotus to indicate the 10 good practices of the Bodhisattva. That is:

1. Leaving all pollution (such as mud-free lotus),

2. Not in common with evil (like lotus without mud),

3. Keeping enough precepts (like the scent of lotus flavor, dispelling the smell of filth),

4. Pure self (like pure lotus).

5. In terms of peaceful harmony (like the image of a blooming lotus flower),

6. It needs pure, not rough tower (like lotus image),

7. Peace of mind (like the scent of lotus flowers),

8. The practice is full, the mind is full and full (like a lotus blossom blooming lotus notes, lotus seeds),

9. Mastery, pure and bright mind (like the image of the fragrance of lotus) and

10. Newly born, there were people who thought of the wedding festival (like a new lotus flower, everyone was waiting for flowers to bloom).

Sutra Sutra describes the inter-sutra world as a lotus that covers the entire world, including the Buddha Bhikkhu-lama-na sitting in a lotus position and since then turns into countless Bodhisattvas. .

Pure Land conception that the world of Bliss is the Lotus Flower of the Buddha A-di-da. Tantric Buddhism ranks Lotus in one of the three kingdoms of the Tripitaka, symbolizing the inherent purity of the Bodhi mind, unpolluted by the samsara of sentient beings, the tam-samadhi of the Great Buddha.

Tantric also has lotus imprints with folded hands, different stretched fingers forming the five-year-old Diamonds, the Five-year-old, the Nine-style …

Buddhism also distinguishes four lotus colors with the following meanings:

1. White Lotus (Sanskrit: Pundarika – Tibetan: Pad ma dkar ash) symbolizes absolute wisdom;

2. Pink lotus (Padme – Pad me dmar ash) symbolizes the historical Buddha and the supreme respect of the Bodhisattva …

3. Red Lotus (Padma – Pad ma chu skyes) symbolizes negativity which is pure, compassionate, usually just Quan Quan negative and

4. Green Lotus (Utpata – Ut pa la) symbolizes the dark wisdom of Bat-elegant Ba-la-honey, usually spending Him Van-veng.

We should visualize the lotus to remember the Buddhas of the Bodhisattva … to remind our mind which is as pure as a lotus, to see the beautiful lotus like that but then withered, so is our body, is the impermanence.

We still visualize the lotus to see that the lotus offering incense for life does not pollute before everything; From there, we develop kindness, do not expect to respond, purify peace and happiness beyond the afflictions such as market, passion, anger, anxiety …