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Venerable: Onla Inthichak Holds Sacred Lotus Blossom

In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of body, speech, and mind, floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. The Buddha is often depicted sitting on a giant lotus leaf or blossom. According to legend, he was born with the ability to walk and everywhere he stepped, lotus flowers bloomed.

Buddha the Man

There are many misunderstandings with regard to Buddhism. Buddha is not a god but a human being who claims no divine powers. In Buddhist philosophy, human beings are considered their own masters ande gods are irrelevant. Reincarnation is also misunderstood. It is not considered desirable in Buddhism to be reborn into the world. Since all life/existence is suffering, one does not wish to return to this world. One hopes to escape the endless cycle of rebirths by reaching nirvana.

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