As regards the Lotus Greeting per se, the lotus symbol serves to instill, in both the greeter and greeted, the practice of several profound teachings of the Buddha. The embrace of the greeting reinforces this important commitment in daily life, by bringing these to a mindful state.
Ideally, mindfulness awakened in a person is to be retained in the consciousness not just momentarily at the time of expressing the greeting. Rather, mindfulness is to be nurtured throughout the day, if one is to benefit fully from the practice. The Sublime Teaching of the Buddha which the Lotus Greeting invokes is thereby progressively reinforced. Key ingredients of wholesome living taught by the Buddha are essential for ensuring a healthy, sustainable, and safe world is secured in the process.