by Dr.Iresh Jayaweera
We were really lucky to witness Planting of a sapling from the Sacred Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi at Cancer care hospice on 25 th of March 2012.Currently the second phase of the Hospice project is underway with a shrine room with a bodhigara for the religious activities of the inward cancer patients.Also a separate kitchen complex is under construction with an estimated cost of Rs.1.2 million.
Planting of the bo tree was done by honorable Dr.Samadhi Wishwanath Rajapaksa,according to the traditions followed by the ancient kings of sri lanka.The bo tree has the same genetic composition of Jayasiri Maha bodhi(Tissue culture-Technique).
Lord Gautama Buddha is esteemed as the greatest human being appeared on earth. He attained enlightenment, seated with his back against it under the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree of Buddhagaya, India.Since the original bo tree was destroyed with time.The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree of Anuradhapura is the only sacred relic in the whole world comparable to the living Buddha, which has been sanctified by the touch of the Lord Buddha and was subjected to the homage of the esteemed one himself for one whole week through ‘Animisa Lochana Pooja’.(http://www.srimahabodhiya.lk)
The site was prepared in a special way with scented mud.Also valuable items including gems were deposited.
Many devoted members of the Cancer care association with people in the area were present for the occasion.
Once the bo tree was planted it was offered jewellery,nelum flowers,long chains of flowers,suwanda puja etc.
Next event was the placing of the statue of the lord buddha and the first buddha puja.
Finally dr.samadhi described the rituals done in sequence and the merits of the pinkama.Planting of a bo tree is equal to giving a child to the buddha sasanaya and the merits include attaining nibbana with all your relatives(hatahra warigaya).Event concluded with chanting of sutta and a small session of meditation.
May all of you get the merits.