Buddhist Lotus

Chinese & Japanese Calligraphy Wall Scrolls

We have many options to create custom artwork with Lotus (the flower of the Buddha) characters on a wall scroll or portrait for you...


  1. Lotus

  2. Blue Lotus

  3. Lotus

  4. Namu Myoho Renge Kyo / Homage to Lotus Sutra

  5. Wisdom Lotus

  6. Mystic Lotus Wisdom of Amitabha

  7. Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom

  8. White Lotus

  9. Star Lotus

10. Nichiren

11. Om Mani Padme Hum

12. Wisdom and Insight of the Buddha


hé huā
Lotus Scroll

荷花 is one of two ways to write/say "lotus" or "lily" in Chinese.

It will make a nice wall scroll if you are fond of lotus flowers, and/or lotuses have a special meaning to you.

qing lián
seiren
Blue Lotus Scroll

靑蓮 is a common title for Blue Lotus.

靑蓮 is often used in a Buddhist context for blue lotus from the Sanskrit "utpala". This often refers to the clarity and purity of the lotus blue eyes possessed by a Living Buddha. It can also represent purity of mind (without desire, suffering, fear etc).

lián
hasu
Lotus Scroll

蓮 is another name for "lotus".

This happens to be a single-character that expresses "lotus" in Chinese, and the common name of "lotus" in Japanese and Korean (note that there are two ways to pronounce this character in Korean).

Namu Myoho Renge Kyo / Homage to Lotus Sutra

nán wú miào fǎ lián huá jīng
na mu myou hou ren ge kyou
Namu Myoho Renge Kyo / Homage to Lotus Sutra Scroll

南無妙法蓮華經 is sometimes translated as the "Devotion to the Law of the Lotus Flower Scripture".

This is a meditation chant and homage to the Lotus Sutra, used by Nichiren Buddhists in Japan.
This is also a chant used in China by certain sects of Buddhism that celebrate the deity Guanyin.

Also romanized as "Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō" or without accents as "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo".


經
Original
Traditional
Version

The last character was originally written as seen on the left. Sometimes, you will see it written in the Japanese variant form as shown on the right. If you want this Japanese variant, click on the "Modern Japanese Variant" text instead of the button up by the main title of this entry.

Wisdom Lotus

miào lián huá
myō renge
Wisdom Lotus Scroll

妙蓮華 means the wonderful lotus and the symbol of the pure wisdom of Buddha.

This lotus is unsullied in the midst of the impurity of the world.

Mystic Lotus Wisdom of Amitabha

lián huá zhì
renge chi
Mystic Lotus Wisdom of Amitabha Scroll

蓮華智 is the lotus or mystic wisdom of Amitābha.

It's one of the five wisdoms of Buddhism.

Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom

dà lián huá zhì huì sān mó dì zhì

dai renge chie sanmajichi
Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom Scroll

大蓮華智慧三摩地智 is the title for "The wisdom of the great lotus, samādhi-wisdom".

大蓮華智慧三摩地智 is also the penetrating wisdom of Amitābha.

bái lián
byakuren
White Lotus Scroll

白蓮 is the title for the white lotus (flower) or a short name for the White Lotus society.

The white lotus represents purity or a pure heart and is often associated with Buddhism.
Notes: This can be the Japanese given name Byakuren. In the Buddhist context, the white lotus represented by these characters is originally puṇḍarīka in Sanskrit.

xīng lián huā
Star Lotus Scroll

星蓮花 is the title Star Lotus in Chinese.

For star lotus, some may write 星荷 instead - especially in Taiwan for reasons I am not sure of. 星荷 is sometimes romanized as "sing he" or "sing ho" though it would be "xīng hé" in mainland pinyin romanization. If you need a special version, or more info, please contact me.

rì lián
nichi ren
Nichiren Scroll

日蓮 is the title Nichiren.

This title refers to a Buddhist priest, who lived from 1222 to 1282. He is the founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism.
According to historical documents, the Nichiren sect was established in 1252. Adding the character for sect, this would be 日蓮宗 (Nichiren sect), which is also known as the 法華宗 or Lotus sect.

According to Soothill-Hodous...
Nichiren's chief tenets are the three great mysteries 三大祕法, representing the trikāya:
1. 本尊 or chief object of worship, being the great maṇḍala of the worlds of the ten directions, or universe, i.e. the body or nirmāṇakāya of Buddha.
2. 題目 the title of the Lotus Sutra 妙法蓮華經 Myo-ho-ren-ge-kyo, preceded by Namo, or, "Adoration to the scripture of the lotus of the wonderful law", for it is Buddha's spiritual body.
3. 戒壇 the altar of the law, which is also the title of the Lotus as above; the believer, wherever he is, dwells in the Pure-land of calm light 寂光淨土, the saṃbhogakāya.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ

ǎn mó nǐ bō míng hǒu
on mani padomei un
Om Mani Padme Hum Scroll

唵麼抳鉢訥銘吽 is one of the earliest and best known mantras in the Buddhist tradition.

It can be heard in temples from Tokyo to Tibet.

This mantra is an expression of the basic attitude of compassion. It translates literally as, "oṃ the jewel in the lotus hūṃ".


There are several titles and transliterations for this mantra, including, 六字大明呪 (Great 6-syllable mantra), 六字真言 (6-syllable Sanskrit mantra of Avalokiteshvara bodhisattva), 唵嘛呢叭咪吽, 唵嘛呢叭咪哞, and 唵嘛咪叭呢哞.
Contact me if you need any of these alternates on your wall scroll.

Wisdom and Insight of the Buddha

fó zhī jiàn
bucchiken
Wisdom and Insight of the Buddha Scroll

This title represents the wisdom and insight of the Buddha, or the penetrative power of Buddha's wisdom, or vision.

佛知見 is a term derived from the Lotus Sutra perhaps up to 1900 years ago.




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Lotus荷花hé huā / he2 hua1 / he hua / hehuaho hua / hohua
Blue Lotus靑蓮
靑莲
seirenqing lián / qing lian2 / qing lian / qinglianch`ing lien / chinglien / ching lien
Lotus
hasulián / lian2 / lianlien
Namu Myoho Renge Kyo
Homage to Lotus Sutra
南無妙法蓮華經 / 南無妙法蓮華経
南无妙法莲华经
na mu myou hou ren ge kyou
namumyouhourengekyou
na mu myo ho ren ge kyo
nán wú miào fǎ lián huá jīng
nan2 wu2 miao4 fa3 lian2 hua2 jing1
nan wu miao fa lian hua jing
nanwumiaofalianhuajing
nan wu miao fa lien hua ching
nanwumiaofalienhuaching
Wisdom Lotus妙蓮華
妙莲华
myō renge / myōrengemiào lián huá
miao4 lian2 hua2
miao lian hua
miaolianhua
miao lien hua
miaolienhua
Mystic Lotus Wisdom of Amitabha蓮華智
莲华智
renge chi / rengechilián huá zhì
lian2 hua2 zhi4
lian hua zhi
lianhuazhi
lien hua chih
lienhuachih
Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom大蓮華智慧三摩地智
大莲华智慧三摩地智
dai renge chie sanmajichi
dairengechiesanmajichi
dà lián huá zhì huì sān mó dì zhì
da4 lian2 hua2 zhi4 hui4 san1 mo2 di4 zhi4
da lian hua zhi hui san mo di zhi
ta lien hua chih hui san mo ti chih
White Lotus白蓮
白莲
byakurenbái lián / bai2 lian2 / bai lian / bailianpai lien / pailien
Star Lotus星蓮花
星莲花
xīng lián huā
xing1 lian2 hua1
xing lian hua
xinglianhua
hsing lien hua
hsinglienhua
Nichiren日蓮
日莲
nichi ren / nichirenrì lián / ri4 lian2 / ri lian / rilianjih lien / jihlien
Om Mani Padme Hum唵麼抳鉢訥銘吽
唵么抳钵讷铭吽
on mani padomei un
onmanipadomeiun
ǎn mó nǐ bō míng hǒu
an3 mo2 ni3 bo1 ne4 ming2 hou3
an mo ni bo ne ming hou
anmoniboneminghou
an mo ni po ne ming hou
anmoniponeminghou
Wisdom and Insight of the Buddha佛知見
佛知见
bucchiken / buchikenfó zhī jiàn
fo2 zhi1 jian4
fo zhi jian
fozhijian
fo chih chien
fochihchien
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.