Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
The 11th Panchen Erdeni Qoigyi Gyaibo plants a Bodhi tree at XTBG
Source:     Release time :2015-06-02

The 11th Panchen Erdeni Qoigyi Gyaibo, the highest ranking figure of Tibetan Buddhism in China currently, came to visit Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) on June 1. He visited the living collections, museum, and planted a Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa L.).

   XTBG CPC Secretary LI Hongwei showed the 11th Panchen and his companions around the living collections and introduced work in scientific research, species conservation, and science popularization. He also introduced rich tropical rainforest and rich ethnic cultures in Xishuangbanna.

    Afterwards, the 11th Panchen planted a Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa L.) at the Ethnic Plant Garden of XTBG. The 11th Panchen tied a Hada on the tree he planted.

Bodhi tree has a great significance in the history of Buddhism. In religious iconography, the Bodhi tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed. Bodhi trees are planted in close proximity to every Buddhist monastery.

At Flower Garden

Looking at sensitive grass which is “shy” as it curls up when touched

The 11th Panchen plants a Bodhi tree

The 11th Panchen  presents a hada to Mr. LI Hongwei

The 11th Panchen   poses a group photo with Li Hongwei

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