Monday, April 27, 2009

The Bodhi Tree

The Bodhi tree, known as a Pipal tree (ficus religiosa)is where the Buddha attained his enlightenment (or Satori in Zen Buddhism). This tree is considered a sacred tree and is mentioned through out the study of Buddhism and it is also mentioned that Buddha's mother (Maya Devi) held onto the branches of the Pipal tree when giving birth to Buddha.

The Bodhi Tree still performs a very important role to Buddhists of all traditions, being a reminder and an inspiration, a symbol of peace, of Buddhas' Enlightenment and of the ultimate potential that lies within us all. I have noticed in pictures and even the Temple in Stockton (the monks refer to the tree as 'Buddha's tree') that this sacred tree is often surrounded by a wall or fence as to protect it.

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