Power and balance: how Padmé reflects the lotus in Buddhism

The names given to Star Wars characters, like the names we give to our own children, are often heavy with meaning. The tender shoots of their creators’ plans for them, and beyond that the role they are destined to play in the galaxy. In this, Padmé Amidala’s name is no different. It isn’t merely the name of a queen. In Sanskrit, ‘padme’ (or rather ‘padma’) is the lotus — Buddhism’s…