The Lotus, Buddhism’s Favourite Flower

It is said that the world’s most beloved flower is the rose and the second-most loved is the lotus. Found from northern China and Korea all the way through south, south-east and east Asia and down to northern Australia, the lotus plant has influenced all the fine arts, culinary science, medicine, horticulture, poetry and even architecture (e.g. the lotus bath in Polonnaruwa). It is an aquatic plant growing best in bodies of water with thick muddy bottoms and being a hardy plant it tends to dominate the lakes, ponds and reservoirs where it grows.



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