The Bodhi Tree

Next, Gautama approached the Bodhi-tree (the tree of awakening). He first positioned himself on the southern side of the tree. Instantly the southern half of the world sank until it touched the lowest hell, while the northern side rose to the highest heaven. “This cannot be the place for the attainment of supreme wisdom,” he thought. After trying two other sides with the same result, he came to the east side. He sat down, and here the earth did not move. Gautama said to himself:

'This is the Immovable Spot on which all the Buddha’s have established themselves. This is the place for destroying passion’s net. [...] Let my skin, sinews, and bones become dry and welcome; and let all the flesh and blood of my body dry up; but never from this seat will I stir until I have attained the supreme and absolute wisdom!'


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