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On Practising the Universal Lotus Greeting



The age-old Pali Pratāna (invocation), “Sukhi hotu” which is practiced as a compassion-inspired greeting, is referred to in common parlance, as the “Lotus Greeting”. Among other key reasons, this is because the radiant blossom embodies the Sublime teachings of the Buddha, commonly referred to as the “Lotus Path”. Further, the lotus traditionally personifies the perfection and absolute purity of character of the Supremely Self-enlightened Buddha.


Moreover, the Buddha Himself practiced this greeting daily in expressing His Maha Karuna (Great or Boundless Compassion) for all living beings. Likewise, the Universal Lotus Greeting has been meaningfully practiced by bhikkhus and bhikkhunis (monks and nuns) and Dhammaputris and Dhammaputras (daughters and sons of the Buddha Dhamma) for over 25 centuries, since the time of the Buddha.