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Tough times for the Bodhi Tree May 10, 2007

Posted by tricycleblog in Random Notes.

You remember the uproar a year ago about a missing branch of the Bodhi Tree? As far as I know it was never resolved — maybe the branch wasn’t missing at all, and if it was, there was no clear trail to who took it, or damaged the tree. Here’s an update that doesn’t answer any interesting questions but says the tree is not looking so hot. Apparently the tree was diseased a few years back and needed some intervention, and the missing branch isn’t helping much.

Of course, it’s not THE Bodhi Tree — The article today says temple officials say it is a sixth-generation cutting from the original. It was Sri Lankan monks who took a cutting from the Sri Maha Bodhi in their country and brought it to Bodh Gaya.

Trees are potent religious symbols across many cultures, as are mountains. . . anything in Nature. That ought to tell you something. Take some pictures of fish while you’re at it — Your great-grandchildren can sell them on eBay, from their condos on the moon.

(Tricycle electronic subscribers can read about how Buddhist pilgrimage is big business for Bodh Gaya these days. A branch of the Bodhi Tree could be worth a lot to the right people — and more on the business of Buddhist relics in general, from our Spring 2007 issue.)

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1. mysonabsalom - May 27, 2007

Gotta save the bhodi tree.

2. The Bodhidharma Stupa and the Damaged Bodhi Tree « Tricycle Editors’ Blog - December 12, 2007

[…] been filed against those allegedly responsible for damaging the Bodhi tree. (This story was covered here back in May.) “The accused belong to the temple administration who were entrusted with the responsibility […]

3. sidni - April 2, 2008

BodhGaya is a city in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous for being the place of Buddha’s

attainment of Enlightenment.For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites

related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. In 2002,

Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”Bodh Gaya is the place

where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. It is a place which should be visited

or seen by a person of devotion and which would cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of

impermanence”.”Here on this seat my body may shrivel up, my skin, my bones, my flesh may dissolve, but my

body will not move from this seat until I have attained Enlightenment, so difficult to obtain in the course of

many kalpas”.
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