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Postby Tathagathava » Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:12 pm

hi all,i just got some relic of the Buddha and his main disciples,Maha Moggalana and Sariputta that brought from Myanmar.

can i know how to prove that the relics is genuine? thanks :smile: :smile: :buddha2:
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Re: relics

Postby daverupa » Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:58 pm

There won't be a way to prove such a thing, it will always come to rest on an assumption and a hope.

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Re: relics

Postby Tathagathava » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:06 pm

some say that buddha relics can multiple and arahants relics can grow,

please..relics is not a magic thing,relics is just a symbol that symbolize the truth of Dhamma.if u have relics in your altar,just put a common respect same like before you have the relics....
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Re: relics

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:39 pm

It really doesn't matter, and is not something that is possible to prove. Like a Buddha image, a pagoda, or any sacred object, it is just a skilful means to direct your mind towards the noble qualities of the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha. If you have doubts as to a relic's authenticity, your mind may waver, and you may be disinclined to worship at a shrine. However, if you understand about the qualities of the triple gem, the relic is not the important thing — the quality of devotion to virtuous qualities is what matters.

Don't be a superstitious follower of the Buddha who relies on sacred objects. Read the Candala Sutta and reflect on its meaning.

On the BBC today I saw an item about the theft of Rhino horn from museums. Apparently it is about twice the price of gold. Superstitious people believe it has great potency as a medicine. In fact, it is just made from Kerotin, the same substance in hair and finger nails. It would be just as effective to use toenail clippings in medicine as to use Rhino horn. If only we could sell our toenail clippings for £2,000 an ounce!
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Re: relics

Postby befriend » Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:48 am

didnt buddha say it is good karma to visit the holy sites of his birth, enlightenment, etc.... why wouldnt it be good karma to see a relic of the actual buddha? i mean if it is the bone of buddha wouldnt all the energy of the paramis' hes cultivated for eons have been flowing through those bones? the tibetans go on tours with relics and say just looking at them can be a source of good karma. i dont know for sure but from my understanding this is my leaning. metta, -Befriend
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