Above and below are images of the magnificent new Nan Tien Institute (a Buddhist educational center) located in Wollongong, Australia. The building’s entrance was designed to resemble the blooming petals of a lotus flower, which has three significant spiritual meanings to Buddhists. According to Buddhists.org, the lotus has the following meanings:
“The lotus flower represents one symbol of fortune in Buddhism. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. The second meaning, which is related to the first is purification. It resembles the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness. The third meaning refers to faithfulness. Those who are working to rise above the muddy waters will need to be faithful followers.”
Consistent with its spiritual intent, Nan Tien Institute’s inspiring new building rises from the Earth to welcome and enlighten all those who may enter; it purifies the mind and spirit through its beautiful and bold interior and exterior design; and it is faithful to Buddhism through its architectural representation of the Lotus flower.
This lovely lotus flower of modern architectural fully blossomed for the public in March 2015. It is a perfect example of “form meeting function” and should stand as an iconic symbol for the entire Wollongong region for many years to come. Peace.