A Buddhist Sunday – Like a Lotus from the Mud

The Lotus flower is often used as a metaphor in Buddhism. It stands for the enlightened mind (sanskrit: बोधिचित्त – bodhicitta).

As the enlightened mind is unaffected by saṃsāra, the flower stands above the murky waters undefiled by mud.

Everybody has the potential for bodhicitta, but it feels my head is full of mud and thus very much affected by saṃsāra.

Maybe there is a small lotus seed and with trust in the teachers and their methods, and with the support from bodhisattvas I too will hopefully develop bodhicitta.

A #lotus growing out of the mud

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