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[vc_row margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column width=”1/2″][title type=”special-h4-left”]Who we are[/title][spacer height=”15px”][vc_column_text]Lotus Bend is a 7- acre oasis just 25 minutes south of the center of Austin, Texas that provides a restorative environment that supports the spirit, mind and body by providing recreational programs, curative workshops, and a place to reconnect to nature’s gifts.

 About Us

Lotus Bend is a group of practitioners, friends, and family whose belief is that as we expand the heart, mind and spirit, we unlock our inner potential which opens the door to creating beauty, fostering change, and supporting peaceful and mutual coexistence.

Lotus Bend is a sanctuary, a sacred place, a place of safety for healing, discovery, reconnection, recreation and reaching out through inward reflection, meditation, ritual, rest, play, reconciliation and communion.

Lotus Bend is a wish, a promise to plant the seeds of awareness, wisdom, stewardship, and action to create a more inclusive, just and compassionate society for all.

Our emblem the lotus flower reminds us that we emerge from the primordial clay through the waters of experience and blossom into the bright sunshine of enlightenment, rising high above …but for a brief period.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][title type=”special-h4-left”]Our Skills[/title][spacer height=”15px”][skill number=”90″ caption=”Community & Networking”][spacer height=”15px”][skill number=”55″ caption=”Eco-Development”][spacer height=”15px”][skill number=”65″ caption=”Programs & Classes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column][fullwidth_section background_type=”image” text_color=”light” image=”3254″ parallax=”yes” overlay=”yes” padding_top=”70″ padding_bottom=”70″][row]

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Our main lodge and meeting room can accommodate up to 35 people with two separate break- out rooms, as well as kitchen, and ample outdoor decking, hiking paths, gardens, fire pit, hot tub, diverse wildlife, beautiful encampment areas all offer a relaxed and restorative experience for you or your small group.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text 0=””]Our Programs

Lotus Bend is a community, retreat center, and sanctuary for individuals, couples and groups. Through workshops, programs, and events we provide opportunities to celebrate, heal, transform, and integrate body, mind, and spirit. We offer our land, rich in beauty and wisdom, as a home to a community that extends beyond the land to create a force for positive change in the world that fosters peace, gratitude, understanding, and communion.[/vc_column_text][spacer height=”15px”][vc_column_text 0=””]The Lotus

The color of the lotus has an important bearing on the symbolism associated with it:

  • White Lotus (Skt. pundarika; Tib. pad ma dkar po): This represents the state of spiritual perfection and total mental purity (bodhi). It is associated with the White Tara and proclaims her perfect nature, a quality which is reinforced by the color of her body.
  • Pink Lotus (Skt. padma; Tib. pad ma dmar po): This is the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity. Thus naturally it is associated with the Great Buddha himself.
  • Red Lotus (Skt. kamala; Tib: pad ma chu skyes): This signifies the original nature and purity of the heart (hrdya). It is the lotus of love, compassion, passion and all other qualities of the heart. It is the flower of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.
  • Blue Lotus (Skt. utpala; Tib. ut pa la): This is a symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses, and signifies the wisdom of knowledge. Not surprisingly, it is the preferred flower of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom.

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