What is the significance of the name ‘Bodhi Tree’ in your foundation name?
In Buddhism, ‘Bodhi’ is traditionally translated into the English word ‘enlightenment’ and literally means ‘awakened’. The original tree was a large and sacred fig tree that was planted in 288 BC and under which the spiritual teacher Buddha was said to have received enlightenment. Today, you will find these trees planted near Buddhist monasteries in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan and they are a frequent destination for pilgrims seeking enlightenment.
When the original founders created the foundation, they believed the word best described what the foundation embodied and aspired to be. Our goal to inspire travelers give back to places – its people, cultures and environment – that move them during their travels so they can be protected for other generations to enjoy.