Lotus pond ✿ Stories from the Buddhist world

Garden of Stories

11 August 2022

The lotus is a sacred flower throughout much of Asia. Visit the serene Lotus Pond for stories of the Buddhist world.

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud—the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one”.

Venerable Thupten Ngodrup, the Nechung Oracle of the Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling Monastery in Dharamsala, India.

The Lotus Pond features stories from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

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