« We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there. » (Henry Miller)

In South Asia, the sacred Lotus is omnipresent in religious history. For Buddhists, it’s a symbol of every man and woman’s ability to surpass their conditions, no matter their origin, and accomplish themselves, just like the lotus flower growing tall until it floats above the muddy waters. As such, everyone has the potential to elevate themselves and to reach Buddha’s state “without letting the world pollute them, like a lotus on water” as spoken by the Lotus Sutra, one of Buddhism’s most important educational texts.

Equally a symbol of fertility and erudition, as well as longevity, the plan on which Buddha is frequently seen sitting expresses all the promises of the future and of becoming a better man. We can equally read the Sutra as an encouragement to actively engage in others’ lives as well as society.

Samatoa believes in the symbolic strength of this text and it’s using this same positive and humanist dynamic that it has developed its economical, social and environmental project, allowing vulnerable women from small Cambodian village to become autonomous, to live and to support their family decently. 

Process of lotus silk, Lotus Farm by Samatoa