The Lotus means the Buddha-Nature. It is the nature of all things, in general. It has the Buddha as its object. Everything exists because there is a Buddha. If there were not one Buddha in the world, then there would be nothing at all. Therefore, the Buddha-Nature has the same place in the Buddhist practice as in Christianity.
The Buddha is identified with the Buddha-Nature for all people and not just for believers in Buddha Buddha or Buddhism.
I agree that some people hold different ideas about the Buddha-Nature. Therefore, we need to make clear the correct way in which to understand the question.
I will give a few examples of different ideas in this regard. In Chinese religion, there is an idea that the Buddha is the supreme being — the Buddha-nature. That is not the Lotus; the Lotus is the ultimate reality. But this is not correct. The whole Lotus is the reality of all things which is identical with the Buddha. The Buddha-Nature is the nature of things. Therefore, a man can have the two minds.
Let us say a man has two minds. He thinks that his mind is the mind of the Buddha and he goes on thinking about the Buddha-Nature. Then he thinks that he is the Buddha’s child and wants to bring this child down with him. However, this also violates the Buddha’s instructions.
It is better, then, to say that the mind, or mind-nature, is not only one thing. The mind-nature itself is the Buddha-Nature.
The same is our matter and mind. When we say that there is one Buddha it does not mean that the Buddha-Nature itself is one thing. On the contrary, the Buddha nature includes the whole matter, the whole reality. Therefore, it is called the Buddha-Nature. Because of this, it belongs to the Buddhist teachings.
If you have two minds, you are not the Buddha. What you are is not a Buddha.
This is why there is no difference between the Buddhist views on the mind and those from other religions, such as Christianity and Islam. Each religion has its own view about the mind because it has its own view from a different school of ideas.
There are different views. In the end, we have to accept that each individual has to accept it according to his own view. As a result of this, we do not find Buddhism in contradiction with every different view.