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LESSONS from THE BODHI TREE
The bodhi tree.
Big and shady
With such lovely heart-shaped leaves.
And a beautiful and meaningful name −
The enlightenment tree.
The awakening tree.
The tree under which Siddhattha Gotama sat
in Bodh Gaya, India, more than 2,500 years ago
and became enlightened/awakened.
Enlightened as to the nature of life and death.
Awakened to the Four Noble Truths −
Suffering, its cause, its cessation, and the way
leading to its cessation.
Open is the way to liberation.
Dispelled is the darkness of delusion.
Now all who seek the way to suffering end
may tread the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path consisting of
Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action,
Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.
One of the most beautiful paths you can ever find,
encompassing loving kindness, wisdom and compassion,
leading to the highest peace and happiness of Nibbana.
This booklet contain three sections:
1) LESSONS FROM THE BODHI TREE
2) BODHI PUJA — An Introduction
by Professor G. D. Sumanapala, BA (Hons), MA, PhD, Royal Pandit, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies in University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
3) BODHI PUJA — Pali Chanting Verses
LESSONS FROM THE BODHI TREE is an examination and exploration fo the significance of the Bodhi tree which had become a symbol of the Buddha'e enlightenment.
BODHI PUJA provides a detailed explanation referring to the well-known Buddhist tradition of religious activities related to venerating the Bodhi tree. Some chanting verses are also included in this booklet which is an essential part of Buddhist ceremonies that is also helpful to maintain concentration.
This informative booklet will give an insight into why the Bodhi tree received such great veneration by Buddhists all over the world.