symbolizes Bodhi, the state of total mental purity and
spiritual perfection, and the pacification of our nature.
It generally has eight petals corresponding to the Noble
Eightfold Path of the Good Law. It is the lotus found
at the heart of the Garbhadhatu Mandala, being
the womb or embryo of the world. It is characteristic
of the esoteric sects, and the lotus of the Buddhas.
symbolizes the original nature of the heart (hrdaya).
It is the lotus of love, compassion, passion, activity
and all the qualities of the heart. It is the lotus
is the symbol of the victory of the spirit over the
senses, of intelligence and wisdom, of knowledge. It
is always represented as a partially opened bud, and
(unlike the red lotus) its centre is never seen. It
is the lotus of Manjusri, and also one of the attributes
of Prajnaparamita, the embodiment of the 'perfection
is the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest
deity, sometimes confused with the white lotus it is
the lotus of the historical Buddha.
is the mystic lotus, represented only in images belonging
to a few esoteric sects. The flowers may be in full
bloom and reveal their heart, or in a bud. They may
be supported by a simple stem, a triple stem (symbolizing
the three divisions of Garbhadhatu: Vairocana, lotus
and vajra), or a quintuple stem (symbolizing the Five
Knowledges of Vajradhatu). The eight petals represent
the Noble Eightfold Path and the eight principal acolyte
deities of the central deity on the mandalas. The flowers
may also be depicted presented in a cup or on a tray,
as a symbol of homage.