Relics of Buddha to be displayed at California’s Lu Mountain Temple

Some of the sharira relics said to have been produced from Shakyamuni Buddha's cremated remains

On Sunday, August 18, Bodhi Light International, in Rosemead, CA, will host the first public showing of more than 10,000 relics said to be from Shakyamuni Buddha himself, as well as from his close disciples and family members. Most of these relics, donated by two Vietnamese disciples, consist of sharira (also known by the Tibetan ringsel) — multicolored, gemlike grains that have been known to appear in the cremated remains of accomplished meditators. Bodhi Light also claims to have in this collection one of the few remaining teeth of the Buddha. They believe that its unusual size — over two inches tall — is the result of its having grown in response to the devotion of the faithful.

Buddhist chanting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Lu Mountain Temple, and the relics will be displayed from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a break from noon to 1pm, at which time a vegetarian lunch will be available. The chanting ceremonies and viewing are free and open to the public; Bodhi Light is recommending that those who wish to attend RSVP here or call (626) 280-8801.

Following this event, Bodhi Light intends to enshrine the relic collection in what they call a Maha Stupa. You can learn more about the 10,000 Relics Collection and the Maha Stupa Project here.