In Chinese culture, lotus blooms represent highly virtuous people who maintain a high moral standard in a corrupted society.
At night, this beautiful flower closes and sinks underwater, then rises and opens again at dawn. Although its roots are in the swampy water, the flower sits above the mud, and is clean and fragrant, untouched by any impurities.
The sacred lotus is one of the most well-known symbols of Buddhism. And it is one of the “Eight Auspicious Symbols” that refer to purity of the body, speech, and mind.
It also depicts the idea of being detached from emotions because drops of water slide easily off its petals.
Just like the lotus, we have the ability to rise from the mud, rise into the light, and radiate out to the world.
For those of you who’d like to know the difference between a water lily and a lotus, I posted this video. I don’t particularly like the music, but you can mute it to enjoy the images and the message!
Research by Ming Yue