Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Life of Tree

The Life of Tree or The Tree of Life. The 2,500-year-old tree under which Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment is still alive and healthy, Indian scientists said. The Bodhi tree, a large Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa) is in Bodh Gaya in India's eastern state of Bihar, about 60 miles from the state capital of Patna. "The Bodhi tree is fully healthy." Said the Forest Research Institute in India's northern state of Uttarakhand. 

The institute examined the tree after removing the cement slabs around its base. The scientists said "It will help the tree to receive water and nutrition in its roots." The 1,500-year-old temple behind the sacred tree is visited by large numbers of tourists from all over the world.

In 1913, Anagarika Dharmapala took a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi to Hawaii, where he presented it to his benefactor, Mary Foster – who had funded much Buddhist missionary work. She planted it in the grounds of her house in Honolulu, by the Nu'uanu stream. On her death she left her house and its grounds to the people of Honolulu, and it became the Foster Botanical Garden.

The term "Bodhi Tree" is also widely applied to several other trees, that are a direct descendant from the original specimen. Other holy Bodhi trees which have a great significance in the history of Buddhism are the Anandabodhi tree in Sravasti and the Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Both are believed to have been propagated from the original Bodhi tree.

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