A Bodhi Tree is a
symbol of the ultimate potential that lies within us
In Buddhism, bodhi means the awakening
experience attained by Gautama Buddha and his followers and refers
to the unique consciousness of a fully liberated being. Bodhi is
sometimes described as complete and perfect sanity, or awareness of
the true nature of the universe. Bodhi is most commonly translated
into English as ‘enlightenment’.
Tree stands beside the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, India, and is
the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500
years ago. Siddhartha Gautama had been practicing austerities for
six years and finally understanding that this could not lead to
self-realisation, he abandoned his practices and sat under a pipal
tree resolving not to rise until he attained enlightenment. As he
sat in deep meditation, Mara, the lord of illusion (symbolising the
delusions of one's own mind) tried tirelessly to distract him from
his purpose. Gautama triumphed over the inner obstacles and his
mind was utterly subdued – he had attained enlightenment and became
known as Gautama Buddha.
For seven days after the enlightenment,
Buddha continued to meditate under the tree. Another week was
passed in walking meditation, and a third week in contemplation
under the Bodhi Tree.
The tree has died a few times over the
passage of years, each time being renewed from cuttings. The
present Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya 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.
More than merely echoing a meaningful
name, The Bodhi Tree Bookstore
Cafe is committed to encouraging the pursuit of
wisdom, enlightenment and the realisation of your
own potential, whatever your religion, culture or discipline.
We strive to offer and recommend books that support this
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