Lee Gak: What lives when it is dead and is dead when it is alive?
Boo Yong: The answer is… The answer is Boo Yong.
Lee Gak: Why the answer Boo Yong?
Boo Yong: Isn’t Boo Yong another name for lotus power?
Lee Gak: Yes, it is. They do call the lotus flower Boo Yong. So?
Boo Yong: All which lives is buried under the lotus.
Lee Gak: That’s right.
Boo Yong: A lotus must die in the ground to become a flower again.
So it will live when it dies.
Even if the flower is alive, it must die in order for a seed to be produced.
Therefore, it must die to live.
The thing that lives when it is dead and is dead when it is alive is a lotus.
Furthermore, the symbol of rebirth in Buddhism is the lotus.