The Bodhi tree represents life full of desire, sorrow, and ignorance. Its reflected image represents life's perfection. The Bodhi Tree is a place of refuge and a place of safety from the raging tigers and dragons of desire
Siddhartha Gautama left the palace one night and saw death and suffering. Siddhartha Gautama, an Indian prince, sat under the Bodhi tree and found nirvana. The Bodhi tree became a symbol of the Buddha's presence and an object of worship. Today, it's a custom to plant a Bodhi Tree in every Buddhist monastery to symbolize the presence of the dharma (Buddhist teachings).
Why is it Sacred?
- The Bodhi tree is also known as Bodh Gaya.
- The Bodhi tree is known to botanists as a holy fig.
- One legend says that Asoka’s wife destroyed the tree out of jealousy.
- The Bodhi tree leaves are heart shaped in design and have a large tip.