Bodhi Tree (Ficus religiosa, Sacred Fig)

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The Bodhi Tree, Bo Tree [botanical name: Ficus religiosa] is one of the most sacred fig trees, a species of fig native to Nepal, India and the Himalayas. There are hundreds if not thousands of medicinal uses and recipes that have been crafted over the centuries from this very ancient plant being. The oldest plant in the world of known planting date is the bo tree called Sri Maha Bodhi planted at the temple at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, in 288 BC (see edenproject.org here).

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The symbolism of the fig fruit as very sacred can be found in many traditions around the world. The leaves are commonly known to form in the shape of a heart, also very symbolic is several traditions. There are innumerous medicinal uses for the various parts of the Bodhi Tree for most ailments known. Additional information to come, please check back on this page.

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Bodhi Trees are angiosperm and the flowers can be male or female. More information to come.

Technology of the Heart: Parables of the Budding Fig Tree and the fig

 

In the Buddhist tradition, The Mahabodhi Tree at the Sri Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India is one of the oldest and most sacred fig tree.

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Pictures of other sacred Bodhi Trees.

thelongestwayhome.com  Bodhi tree Tibetan Vajrayana monastics around the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, India by shene81 flickr

Sala flower offering is made to Gods/Goddess of many traditions.

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The Buddha, it was once said, sat under the Bodhi tree and achieved enlightenment here.   buddhistpeacefellowship.org

A symbol of national pride, India features the Bodhi tree on this national stamp. India has one of the largest populations of Tibetans in exile outside of Tibet.

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