Territory Stories





Other title

The Buddhist Society of the NT


Buddhist Society of the Northern Territory


Buddhist Society of the NT Newsletter; E-Journals; PublicationNT; Buddhist Society of the NT Newsletter




Date:2009-07; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




Buddhist Society of the Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Buddhists -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Buddhism -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Buddhist Society of the Northern Territory

Place of publication



Buddhist Society of the NT Newsletter


v. 17 no. 2



Copyright owner

Buddhist Society of the Northern Territory



Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

NEWSLETTER Buddhist Society of NT July 2009 Page 10 The BSNT Bodhi Tree (Episode 2........) Compiled by Shreeni Ranasinghe 2008 Ven. Phra Khantipalo from Wat Buddha Dhamma officiated at the first on-site BSNT Vesak celebration in1987. Following this, the first 3 day live-in Meditation Retreat in Darwin was led by Ven Phra Khantipalo and held at Tricia and Keith Forrests house in Nakara from Friday 19 May 1987 to the Monday. The members of the Thursday meditation group and a few others participated. (Left) Members preparing for our first Vesak with the Bodhi Tree (foreground, left), and our newly constructed first Kuti, (hut) in the background. (photo Left) The first Buddha Statue, facing East under the Bodhi Tree, was of Burmese origin, and a donation by the Burmese, through Sai Nyunt, the first president of the BSNT. (photo below left) The second facing North was a donation by the Sri Lankan Artist Monk Ven. Mapalagama Vipulasara Nayake Thero through Upali Ranasinghe to the International Buddhist Centre. The members put up a temporary wall of concrete blocks, round the Bodhi tree, for protection. However, termites started to attack the Bodhi tree. George Brown who was then the Curator of the Botanical Gardens, was invited to inspect and declared the concrete block barrier the cause of the problem, and it had to come down. He also recommended that Rogor should be injected to the affected area, if the tree was to be saved from these predators. Percy and Mala Wijenaike organised a collection from among the Sri Lankan members, and put up the present metal fence. The flower offering tables were also a Vesak Donation by members. Members Alan Downes (who did most of the electrical installations) and his wife Vanida, and Sydney Jayawardene were responsible for the lights around the Bodhi Tree. The Bodhi Tree decorated for Vesak 1991, with Vesak Lantern with woodcut prints The Buddha comes to the NT (by Shreeni)