Imagery of Nichiren's Lotus Sutra: The Gohonzon - The Great Mandala of
the True Dharma
Ren in Chinese
lotus plant resembles the principle of Myoho-renge in that it simultaneously
contains both cause and effect."
Writings, Vol. 7, p. 66
is composed of three elemental characters — Hua,
is a radical indicating vegetation. It is composed of a horizontal line,
with two smaller vertical lines crossing it. The horizontal line is the
surface from which the plant emerges. In the case of the lotus, that surface
is swampy water. The two vertical lines are contractions of a primitive
that was an offering made with both hands. It is now construed as the plant
itself emerging from the ground.
in its primitive form is a yoke, meaning mastery. It is now a carriage.
The carriage delivers riches, medicine, and honored persons. It is a treasure
is footprints, one after the other. It looks like a large "Z" with two
dots above it.
combines with Chuan,
becoming carriages in a row, one after the other, or a succession. In a
Buddhist sense, causality. Combining hua,
results in a plant that expresses causality — the Lotus.
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