To the Buddhists, the remains of their ancestors are precious
and inviolable. If they are the relics of their spiritual
masters, they are very holy. Furthermore, if they are those
of the Buddha or his well-known disciples, they are even more
precious, holy and rare.
The Buddhists believe that paying respect to the Buddha's
relics is the same as paying respect to the Buddha himself,
and in doing so, they can gain the same merits. After his
passing, the Buddha left relics, so that we still have the
opportunity to receive his blessing today.
The Buddhists believe that the relics provide an opportunity
to make a spiritual connection with the Buddha. To see the
sacred relics is to remind us of the Buddha's glory. It makes
people who do not have a Buddhist vocation to have a Buddhist
vocation or to make people who have a Buddhist vocation to
have a stronger Buddhist vocation. In brief, viewing the holy
relics can inspire all Buddhists to develop loving kindness
and compassion and to contribute to peace in the world.
By viewing the holy relics, people remember the Buddha's
important role in indicating the path of living for us to
study and follow to attain well-being, prosperity and peace
within the mind of each person, each society and all people
in general. If we believe in his teaching and want to have
the same peace, we should cultivate our mind to achieve loving
kindness and compassion, to tolerate each other, to love each
other and to unite to build a true peace in the world.
The true peace begins from the individual level, to each
society, to each nation and finally to the whole world. Because
of greed, aberration, anger, ignorance and mistreatment of
each other by misdeeds, we see widespread killing and mutual
rancor, which produce wars all over the world. In brief, viewing
the holy relics can inspire all Buddhists to develop loving
kindness and compassion and to contribute to the world peace.
Upon his passing, while he lay in a grove of sala trees,
he addressed his last words to the monks around him:"Brethren,
all things decay," he said. "Be mindful, be righteous
and be vigilant. Be lamps unto yourselves. Transient are all
component things. Therefore, strive earnestly to attain perfection."