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The Ajapala Nigrodha Tree (with translation in Hindi)

by Subhuti (2015)

From 1 - 8 February 2015 Subhuti led an International Order Retreat at Triratnas Three Jewels Centre in Bodhgaya. To prepare for each evenings meditation and puja under the Bodhi tree Subhuti offered a series of seven inspiring talks exploring the Buddhas experience in Bodh Gaya. The series is entitled Placing Ourselves at the Feet of the Buddha.

At the heart of these talks is a poem by Sangharakshita, Taking Refuge In The Buddha, which was written here in response to his own strong experience of Bodh Gaya.

Seven days after his Enlightenment The Buddha sat at the root of the Ajapala Nigrodha Tree. For Subhuti this is the most important place at the Mahabodhi temple site after the Vajrasana.

In this fifth of seven talks Subhuti describes the Buddhas first meeting with a human being, a haughty brahman, and explains the great significance of the exchange. For this was where the Buddha launched the Dhamma Revolution, challenging the established order and where the Buddha opened the doors to the Deathless.

This talk is part of the series Placing Ourselves at the Feet of the Buddha.