The Lotus Flower (Skt & Tib.: Pad Ma or Pema)
Symbol of Spiritual Awakening
The lotus was not only in India and Tibet adopted as a sacred symbol, but also in Persia, Egypt, China, and Central Asia. And in all these countries it is seen as a symbol of beauty, perfection and spiritual purity & awakening.
Many aspects of the Buddhist path are captured in the Lotus: it grows from the mud (samsara), but as it is unstained by that it appears clean on the surface (purification), and in the end produces a beautiful flower (enlightenment).
Lotus Flowers are a symbol of both compassion and the highest state of consciousness. That’s why many Buddhas hold a Lotus flower in their hands, such as the Buddha of Compassion Avalokiteshvara (Tib.: Chenrezig), The Swift Liberator Green Tara and the long life Buddha White Tara.
Color pencils and gouache paints on paper
Copyright: © Carmen Mensink 2010
Status: Sold (but can be painted on commission)
Related to this subject:
- Healing Plants in Tibetan Medicine
- Goddess with Lotus Flower and Mantra
- Classes in drawing & painting the Lotus Flower