Explore Nov 21, 2009 #8
A handsome tree which often starts life as an epiphyte in the branches of other trees. www.flickr.com/photos/jungle_mama/4123610000/
Buddha is said to have received enlightenment while resting under a Bo tree. Commonly cultivated near Buddhist and Hindu temples. www.flickr.com/photos/jungle_mama/3762522111/
The Ploughing/Plowing Festival
When it was time for the King’s Ploughing/Plowing Festival, the city was decked out like a city in Heaven, and the delighted people in their finery assembled at King Suddhodana’s supreme residence. With his body adorned, at the head of the people, having taken his son, who was adorned with many adornments, like Sakka the Lord of the Gods at play, that Master of Men went to the Ploughing Festival.
Having laid the Bodhisatta at the root of a certain Rose Apple tree, the nurses went outside to watch the Festival. While sitting on that pleasant couch at the root of that glorious, canopied Rose Apple tree, the young Siddhartha attained meditative absorption.
Here are the flowers of the Rose Apple tree.
Having seen him sitting there like a golden statue, and the Rose Apple tree’s shadow standing still, the nurses said to the King: Such is the wonderful nature of your son. After hearing this about him whose face shone like a clear moon, and whose eyes were like lotuses, he announced: This is the second time I pay my respects to him, and with his head he paid his respects at his son’s feet.
Decades later at age 35, after his Starving Years failed to bring him Enlightenment, Siddhartha remembered meditating under the Rose Apple tree as a child. "I shall meditate as I did before. Perhaps that is the way to become enlightened." From then on he began to eat daily.
During a full-moon night in May, Siddhartha went into deep meditation. As the morning star appeared in the eastern sky, he became an enlightened one, a Buddha. When the Buddha stood up at last, he gazed at the Pipal Tree in gratitude, to thank it for having given him shelter. From then on, the tree was known as the The Bodhi Tree, The Tree of Enlightenment.
Here are the leaves of a Bodhi Tree which grows here in South Florida.
More in my sets… Buddhas and Gods and Living in a Jungle.
Ficus religiosa, Bo Tree, Sacred Fig, Bodhi Tree, Tree of Enlightenment, Pipal, Peepul, Bo-Tree Fig
Biscayne Park FL
Posted on 2009-11-22 01:25:23
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