|Devas like Radha Devi are rejoicing as the scent of spring wafts through the summer air.|
|Lotus blossoms, birds, and bees in view of L.A.s skyscrapers and blight (latimes.com)|
|Lotuses of Echo Park, L.A. (latimes.com)|
|Waterlilies are wonderful, too (WeGoTwo/flickr).|
As Thich Nhat Hanh is fond of saying, It is composed of all "non-lotus elements" -- mud, mire, water, clouds, air, and stinky swamp silt. Yet, behold its beauty!
|Sukhothai (Golan Jesus Roncero/flickr)|
|The Buddha under a blossom or vimana (WQ)|
|"Grouped Discourses" (Wheel 107)|
We are tired of your abuse. Try to stop us but it's no use! (repeat)/ We are born with a chance/ Rise above! We're gonna rise above!/ I am gonna have my chance/ Rise above! We're gonna rise above!/ We are born with a chance/ Rise above! We're gonna rise above!/ And I am gonna have my chance...