A compound word consisting of two religious symbols. Bo represents the Bodhi tree that Buddha sat under in meditation before setting out on his travels. While Gina is St. James Bond code for the Jainsian concept of Jina. The word Jain is derived from Jina, which literally means "the Victor" or "the Liberator". One who has freed himself/herself from the bondage of Karma by conquering räga (attachment - deceit and greed) & dvesha (aversion - anger and ego). People who follow the teachings of Jina are called Jains. Thus, this word (bogina) came into being in the late 15th century and represents a blending of two religions with similar roots and philosophies (Buddhism and Jainism). This is akin to the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches which share similar origins and traditions and suufered a similar rift during the Great Schism of 1054. Sort of a parallel universe between East and West represented over 500 years time.
A bogina represents a healing process where major religions can find common ground in finding ways to work together.
by Mr. Chips April 18, 2006