What Does the Lotus Flower Represent?

In Buddhist studies, the lotus flower represents rebirth and symbolizes purity. The lotus also represents survival, as the flower is not affected by the muddy and murky water in which it blooms.

The white lotus flower symbolizes a pure mind and spirit, while the red lotus flower symbolizes passion. Blue lotus flowers represent common sense. The pink lotus flower represents the history of Buddhism and its teachings. The gold lotus flower signifies the highest levels of enlightenment and achievement.

The mud in which the lotus flower blooms represents human suffering. The Buddhists believe suffering is part of a grand design to make human beings stronger. As the lotus flower grows through the mud and the murk, this represents humans rising above their earthly woes in order to enter a state of enlightenment.