SGV - A new collection of more than 10,000 relics of Shakyamuni Buddha, the historical founder of Buddhism, will be unveiled Sunday, March 31 at Lu Mountain Temple, 7509 Mooney Drive.
Three viewings are open to the public: 9:15-10:15 a.m.; 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and 2:30-4 p.m. The viewings and other activities, including lunch, are free. Visitors may also attend prayers and lectures throughout the day.
This is the largest collection of relics in the United States, which includes thousands of gem-like relics of the Buddha, as well as some from his closest disciples. These small crystals are found in the ashes of enlightened sages after they are cremated, and are formed out of crystallized bones and other parts of the body. The collection features a rare tooth relic of the Buddha, one of the most sacred relics in Buddhism.
Lu Mountain Temple presents traditional Chinese Buddhism to an international audience and is home to Bodhi Light International, Inc. (BLI)
The relics were donated to BLI by a Vietnamese Buddhist, who had been collecting them for the past several years. Most of these relics were acquired in Vietnam, and originated from temples located in Myanmar and Thailand.
“According to Buddhist beliefs, being in the presence of the Buddha’s relics is no different from being in the presence of the Buddha himself,” said Master YongHua, founder of the temple.
In keeping with the intention that the collection will benefit all, Bodhi Light International plans to enshrine these sacred religious artifacts. The collection will be a site of pilgrimage for public worship, and a major monument to Mahayana Buddhism in America.
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