The Bodhi Tree, also known as the 'peepal tree' in Nepal and Bhutan, was a large and very old Sacred Fig tree (Ficus religiosa). It is believed that Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher later known as Gautama Buddha, is said to have achieved enlightenment beneath the Bodhi tree. Bodhi trees are planted in close proximity to every Buddhist monastery. Some Buddhist lore recounts that while the Buddha was yet alive, in order that people might make their offerings in the name of the Buddha when he was away on pilgrimage, he sanctioned the planting of a seed from the Bodhi tree in front of the gateway of Jetavana Monastery. For this purpose, a fruit was selected from the tree as it dropped from its stalk, before it reached the ground. It was planted in a golden jar with great pomp and ceremony. A sapling immediately sprouted forth, fifty cubits high, and in order to consecrate it the Buddha spent one night under it, rapt in meditation.
- Bodhi seeds (approx. 8mm)
- Approx. 29"
- Strung on nylon
- Originating from Nepal
- Bodhi seeds are commonly believed to represent spiritual promise and possibility.