Buddhism (Lotus Blossom)

Photomicrograph of Lotus Blossom

Buddhism, founded in India by Siddhartha Gautama in approximately the 5th century B.C., prescribes methods of action and thought to reach nirvana, an indescribable release from the self and its desires. After reaching nirvana, Siddhartha Gautama became known as Buddha, or enlightened one. In Buddhist art, a lotus flower is often used to symbolize the Buddha. The photomicrograph above illustrates crystallites derived from extracts of the lotus blossom.

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