The Bodhi Tree (tree of awakening), also called the Bo Tree, is a symbol of the Buddha and enlightenment as it recalls the tree and the place under which the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama meditated in Bhodgaya, India after he renounced his life as a prince and practiced asceticism and just before he reached enlightenment or his great awakening (mahabodhi). As he was reaching enlightenment he reached over his right knee to touch the earth to call on the demon mara, who had sought to foil his quest, to witness his enlightenment. Representations of the Buddha with his legs in the meditation position, his left hand in his lap and his fingers of the right hand touching the earth reminds viewers of this important event, and the hand position (mudra) is called bhumisparsa mudra (touch the earth mudra). A branch from this sacred tree and Buddhist symbol was believed to have been transported by Indian Emperor Ashoka’s daughter Saṅghamittā and planted in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka where it remains the world’s oldest documented tree.

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  • Antique Repoussé Earth Witnessing Buddha, Tibetan (0001LEM) $595

    H: 5.5”  W: 4.625”  D: 2” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This wonderful gilt metal antique Tibetan repoussé image portrays Buddha in earth witnessing mudra (hand touching position) under a trefoil arch at the moment of his enlightenment. Mounted on an L-shaped wood stand, it is in excellent condition. This 17th century Tibetan work was decommissioned and subsequently purchased from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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