Thread: The Symbol of the Lotus

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    I was thinking about the Buddhist symbol of the lotus representing enlightement, and then thought I'd post a sutta which refers to it:



    AN 10. 81 To Bahuna

    I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying in Campa, on the shore of Gaggara Lake. Then Ven. Bahuna went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One: “Lord, freed, dissociated, & released from how many things does the Tathagata dwell with unrestricted awareness?”

    “Freed, dissociated, & released from ten things, Bahuna, the Tathagata dwells with unrestricted awareness. Which ten? Freed, dissociated, & released from form, the Tathagata dwells with unrestricted awareness. Freed, dissociated, & released from feeling… Freed, dissociated, & released from perception… Freed, dissociated, & released from fabrications… Freed, dissociated, & released from consciousness… Freed, dissociated, & released from birth… Freed, dissociated, & released from aging… Freed, dissociated, & released from death… Freed, dissociated, & released from stress… Freed, dissociated, & released from defilement, the Tathagata dwells with unrestricted awareness.

    “Just as a red, blue, or white lotus born in the water and growing in the water, rises up above the water and stands with no water adhering to it, in the same way the Tathagata—freed, dissociated, & released from these ten things—dwells with unrestricted awareness.”


    https://suttacentral.net/an10.81/en/thanissaro




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    Great Sutta Aloka, the lotus rises from the mud and blossoms beautifully. Out of the mud great beauty arises.
    I was under the impression that the Tathagata (Thus gone or thus become?) was usually used when referring to himself. (The Buddha)?




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    I was under the impression that the Tathagata (Thus gone or thus become?) was usually used when referring to himself. (The Buddha)?
    Hi Mike,

    Yes, my Nyanatiloka Pali Dictionary says.... " TATHAGATA : The 'Perfect One', literally the One who has 'thus gone' or 'thus come', is an epithet of the Buddha used by him when speaking of himself.".



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    Yes. I have also heard and used the epithet for those no longer connected to matters of this world: "Those unbound and released. "

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    Thank you for clarifying Aloka and Ron, I am reading “Stillness Flowing, the life and teachings of Ajahn Chah” and it’s mentioned in there a few times. Great book.

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