The Bodhi Tree Project’s goal is to advance the intersection of Buddhism and science through a research effort focused the genetic history and evolution of Bodhi trees, Ficus religiosa. We have three specific objectives:
#1. Gather, generate, and share diverse forms of Bodhi tree knowledge and resources.
- Ancient and modern information about worldwide locations of sacred Bodhi trees. Check out our ever-evolving Bodhi tree map.
- Knowledge on the social and spiritual relevance of Bodhi trees to Buddhist communities around the world.
- Insights into the genetics and evolution of Bodhi tree DNA.
#2. Develop and provide a unique research training and mentoring environment that combines Buddhist and scientific perspectives and practices.
- Training in the scientific method, hypothesis development, and experimental design.
- Development of molecular-genetic laboratory skills and techniques.
- Evolutionary and bioinformatic analysis of Bodhi tree DNA.
- Exploration of diverse Buddhist teachings and practices, and their connections to motivation, awareness, and confidence in the practice of science.
#3. Communicate Bodhi Tree Project discoveries with new audiences.
- Research poster preparation and presentation at academic conferences and symposia.
- Oral presentations at international conferences.
- Bodhi Tree Project travel blog.
- Peer-reviewed scientific articles (coming soon).