Sunday, March 04, 2007

Embraced by a Bodhi Tree

If you believe you are enlightened, you are actually a little bit crazy.
Taisen Deshimaru

Buddha in a Bodhi Tree # 1
Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya 2/10/07

One of the most photographed images in all of Ayutthaya, Thailand's old capital, is this Buddha head that seems to have grown among the roots of a bodhi tree within the compound of Wat Mahathat built in 1374.

While many Buddha heads were forcibly taken when the Burmese ransacked the city in 1767, this particular head must have remained hidden under brush and leaves for many years, until the Bodhi tree sprang to life and embraced it. The Bodhi is especially significant because it is the tree under which the Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment.


Isa said...

I really really really like this picture!

falafel said...

and i really really really like the quote:0 reminds me of one of the 4(?) great vows in Buddhist teaching which goes: Illusions are innumerable. I vow to extinguish them all.

contessa said...

BEAUTIFUL pic my dear, STUNNINGLY beautiful. *sigh*