|Prayer flags flutter over Boudha stupa (reliquary), Nepal (Amiraelwakil/flickr)|
|(Part I) 18. Seven Weeks After Enlightenment (porlandnonsequitur)|
|Woodland spirits (foxintree.com)|
- World's oldest tree: Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, the sacred fig (Ficus religiosa) located in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka: A sapling from the original Bodhi tree in India, under which the Buddha became enlightened was planted in 288 BCE and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a documented planting date (rmtrr.org).
|Climbing a golden bridge (Vitaliy Raskalov/Krulwich wonders/npr.org)|
In the third week the Buddha saw through his mind’s eye that the devas [fairies, sylphs, dryads, gandharvas] in the vicinity were not sure whether or not he had attained enlightenment. To prove his enlightenment the Buddha created a golden bridge in the air and walked up and down it in meditation for seven days.
|Triple Gem (thailand-amulets.net)|
His mind and body were so purified that an aura of six colored rays came out of his body -- blue, yellow, red, white, orange, and a mixture of these five.
|Buddha flags in HK (m.gin/flickr.com)|
|Buddha with Mucalinda naga (idewz/flickr)|
|Tibetan prayer flags in Nepal, Swayambhunath|
|Many trees figure into the story of the Buddha: He was born under a sal, strived under a banyan, attained under a pipal, meditated under these two, the mucalinda and rajayatana, lived under others, and chose to recline into final nirvana between twin sal trees (WQ/BM).|
|Golden Shwedagon stupa (Rohit_saxena)|
These sacred "hair relics," called kesa datu, were later reputed to have been enshrined by the merchants on their return home to what is now Burma, in Shwedagon Pagoda in the former capital of Rangoon.
What happened to the original bodhi tree?
Dhr. Seven and Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly (SPECULATION)
|Bodhi tree, offspring of the original, India|