"Flowers for the oppressed: The lotus flower, a symbol of Buddhism, can only grow in muddy waters. The roots extend deep into the mud and muck, but the beautiful blossom pushes toward the sun. The lotus flower, transported to a pool of clean water, will die. It is only from the mud that the flower may rise. 
Flowers for the oppressor: The wisteria flower, a symbol of Buddhism, hangs down. It bows its head in reverence for all that it does not know. The wisteria blossom grows towards the ground, attempting to find its roots." Lisa Doi