The pink lotus symbolizes the purity and wonder of our awakened Buddha nature. Buddha simply means “One Who is Awakened.” Shakyamuni Buddha is the most famous awakened person. There have been many buddhas before him, and there have been many buddhas after him. Everyone has the potential to become a buddha, it is only a matter of waiting for the right time. Life is a continual process of becoming, change and transformation. You can live life more happily by choosing to change for the better. Kindness and a good heart bring peace and true happiness to yourself and those around you. This painting depicts the Buddha with his right hand raised in reassurance and his left hand lowered in liberality and generosity.