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Buddha tree alive and healthy at age 2,500
UPI ^ | 07/20/12

Posted on 07/22/2012 6:21:13 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Published: July 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

BODH GAYA, India, July 20 (UPI) -- The 2,500-year-old tree under which Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment is alive and healthy, Indian scientists said Thursday.

The Bodhi tree, a large Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa,) is in Bodh Gaya in India's eastern state of Bihar, about 60 miles from the state capital of Patna.

"The Bodhi tree is fully healthy," Subhash Nautiyal of the Forest Research Institute in India's northern state of Uttarakhand said.

Nautiyal and colleagues examined the tree after removing the cement slabs around its base, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

"It will help the tree to receive water and nutrition in its roots," the scientists said.

The 1,500-year-old temple behind the sacred tree is visited by large numbers of tourists from all over the world, particularly from Japan.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Local News; Religion
KEYWORDS: agnosticism; buddha; buddhatree; buddhism; faithandphilosophy; godsgravesglyphs; nirvana
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2,500 years is a long time. It is an understatement to say that a lot has changed since Buddha's days. On the other hand, when Caesar landed on Egypt, 2,500 years had passed since Giza Pyramids were built. Our perspective of time is rather narrow, it seems.
1 posted on 07/22/2012 6:21:19 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; SunkenCiv

P!


2 posted on 07/22/2012 6:22:25 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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Soon to be cut down by some Islamic ...


3 posted on 07/22/2012 6:31:44 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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I have many Chinese friends, all proud American Christians now. And they are Buddhists too. They see no conflict between the two philosophies.


4 posted on 07/22/2012 6:36:21 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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Soon to be cut down by some Islamic ...

He'll have to work fast. More than likely a University of Alabama fan will poison it.

5 posted on 07/22/2012 6:38:14 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
When the Giza Pyramids were being built, the Indus Valley Civilisation, a thousand or so miles away from this tree, but in western India, had rectangular-grid towns with stone tile-enclosed sewer lines and public pools. Then the Aryans took over.


6 posted on 07/22/2012 6:42:43 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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Either a bad cam or a bad/dirty lens ... but a short look at the tree
7 posted on 07/22/2012 6:43:36 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

They need to chop it down and count the rings just to make sure.


8 posted on 07/22/2012 6:45:16 PM PDT by HarleyD
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Soon to be cut down by some Islamic ...

He'll have to work fast. More than likely a
University of Alabama fan will poison it.

???

9 posted on 07/22/2012 6:50:41 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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Some Univ of Alabama fan poisoned trees in Auburn

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/auburn-university-trees-poisoned-by-angry-alabama-fan

10 posted on 07/22/2012 7:01:43 PM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Sorry but I don’t think Islam is a philosophy - unless it’s the philosophy of death.


11 posted on 07/22/2012 7:03:32 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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Some Univ of Alabama fan poisoned trees in Auburn

Ahhh... Makes sense now
Cross state rivalries can get a little... testy

and Spike® 80DF herbicide is nasty stuff
http://www.dowagro.com/range/products/spike80DF.htm

I wonder if it works on Fig Trees?
Idle conjecture only

12 posted on 07/22/2012 7:09:53 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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It won’t be if any Muslims are allowed near it.


13 posted on 07/22/2012 7:13:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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Wow. That’s some fig tree. Does it bear fruit?


14 posted on 07/22/2012 7:14:05 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Then they aren’t Christians. Christ demands more than mere philosophy.


15 posted on 07/22/2012 7:21:15 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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“Then they aren’t Christians”

They are devoted Christians. You don;t understand the philosophy of Buddhism. There’s really no significant problems involved between the two. One is religion, the other is a philosophy about life.


16 posted on 07/22/2012 7:30:19 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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2,500 years is a long time. It is an understatement to say that a lot has changed since Buddha's days. On the other hand, when Caesar landed on Egypt, 2,500 years had passed since Giza Pyramids were built. Our perspective of time is rather narrow, it seems.

Very true, and there are trees near my home, Bristlecone Pines, which are nearly 5,000 years old and still living.

17 posted on 07/22/2012 7:34:23 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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You don't understand the philosophy of Buddhism.

Four Noble Truths

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Noble_Truths

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_Eightfold_Path

IMHO, Nothing Here that looks inconsistent with Christ's teachings

18 posted on 07/22/2012 7:41:25 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I think it is you, or your Buddhist friends, that don’t understand Christianity.


19 posted on 07/22/2012 7:53:51 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: HangnJudge

Just a short pass - dinner is ready soon...

First, the basic idea of reincarnation is anti-Biblical because we are born to die once and after that judgement.

Second, the basis of suffering is sin, not desire.

We could probably go on all night, since Buddhism is constructed to consume and redifine truth on it’s terms, but fresh sweet corn I picked 20 minutes ago is just about ready and that trumps everything right now - metaphysical claptrap notwithstanding.


20 posted on 07/22/2012 8:03:48 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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