bodhi tree

bodhi tree

In Buddhism, the fig tree under which the Buddha sat when he attained enlightenment (bodhi) at Bodh Gaya (near Gaya, India).

The tree growing on the site now is believed to be a descendant of the original, planted from a cutting of a tree in Sri Lanka that had been propagated from the original; both trees are sites of pilgrimage for Buddhists. The bo tree or a representation of its leaf has often been used as a symbol of the Buddha.

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  • Bodhi tree — /ˈboʊdi tri/ (say bohdee tree) noun the pipal or sacred fig tree, Ficus religiosa, under which Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) is said to have sat in meditation for forty nine days before achieving enlightenment, the original tree being destroyed …   Australian-English dictionary

  • bodhi tree — noun a) The Indian fig tree, Ficus religiosa, that is sacred to Buddhism b) The specific fig tree under which the Buddha sat when he attained enlightenment; the descendant of that tree on the same spot at Bodh Gaya …   Wiktionary

  • bodhi tree — pipal, bo tree, species of fig tree native to India (sacred to Buddhists because it is said that the founder of Buddhism attained Enlightenment while sitting under this type of tree) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bodhi tree — noun Etymology: Sanskrit bodhi, literally, enlightenment : pipal …   Useful english dictionary

  • bodhi tree. — See bo tree. * * * …   Universalium

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  • bodhi tree. — See bo tree …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Tree worship — (dendrolatry) refers to the tendency of many societies throughout history to worship or otherwise mythologize trees. Trees have played an important role in many of the world s mythologies and religions, and have been given deep and sacred… …   Wikipedia

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