Enlightenment

Enlightenment

Enlightenment was the moment at which Prince Siddhartha gained a greater spiritual understanding. He achieved Enlightenment after meditating under a tree in a forest. Thereafter, he is known as the 'Buddha' which means 'Enlightened One'.

This scene shows the tree under which Siddhartha sat as he meditated. It is called the Bodhi Tree. In front of the tree is an empty throne and footstool which is a symbol of the Buddha. On each side of the throne, there are attendants carrying bowls with lotuses.