Favorite Places & Spaces
Ficus religiosa."Gautam Buddha meditated and achieved enlightenment under a particular Ficus religiosa tree in Bodh Gaya, India, which is now known as the Bodhi Tree. Although the original tree is gone, in 288 BC, a cutting was taken from it and planted in a temple in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, and this sacred fig is still alive today."
Ki Gompa, Spiti Valley, Ladakh Gompa and ling are ecclesiastical fortifications of learning, lineage and sadhana (that may be understood as a conflation of a fortification, a monastery or nunnery, and a university (Sanskrit: vihara), located in Tibet, Ladakh (India), Nepal, and Bhutan. Their design and interior details vary from region to region, however, all follow a general sacred geometrical mandala design of a central prayer hall containing a Buddha murti or thangka, benches for the monks or nuns to engage in prayer or meditation and attached living accommodation. The gompa or ling may also be accompanied by any number of stupas. The siting and aspect of the architectural constructions, satellite buildings and grounds were founded on ancient principles of geodesic lore and environmental metaphysics.