Buddha’s finger relic donated to Lu Mountain Temple, on display February 2-9
Because of public response, Lu Mountain Temple will hold a more extensive showing of The 10,000 Buddha Relics Collection for eight days at the start of February. At this major cultural event, visitors will have the opportunity to view the teeth of Shakyamuni Buddha that were displayed at previous showings of the collection. In addition, the collection’s most recent acquisition, a rare finger bone of the Buddha, will be on display for the first time ever. These are the only known teeth and finger relics of the Buddha in the United States, and are sacred religious artifacts highly revered throughout the world. To read more about the exhibit, click here for articles by the Associated Press, LA Times, and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
The exhibit opening will be held on Sunday, Feb 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; vegetarian food will be available throughout the day. And from Monday, Feb 3 through Sunday, Feb 9, the exhibit will be open from 3 – 7 p.m. every day. Free to the public, the showings will be held at Lu Mountain Temple, located at 7509 Mooney Drive in Rosemead, CA. To avoid standing in line, visitors are encouraged to RSVP.
Additionally, Lu Mountain Temple is announcing a manifestation of shariras unique to the United States. The Buddha’s teeth relics have been producing small “baby” crystal shariras ranging in a broad spectrum of bright and deep colors, from orange, red, and purple to yellow, blue, green, and white. Further, when these baby relics fall off the tooth and are moved to a separate container, they continue to reproduce. Conservatively, over tens of thousands of shariras have been produced by the teeth since they were donated to Lu Mountain Temple in 2013. On the Internet are published two photographs of teeth of the Buddha in China that also seem to have produced “baby” shariras; however, the shariras that formed are far fewer and much less colorful. Photos of the teeth in China are available in the Press Packet, which can be downloaded here.
The 10,000 Buddha Relics Collection also includes thousands of gem-like relics of the Buddha, and some from his closest disciples and family members. 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.
Lu Mountain Temple is home to Bodhi Light International, Inc (BLI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting Mahayana Buddhism to an international audience. With the intention that the collection will benefit all, BLI has launched The MahaStupa Project to build a stupa in Southern California to enshrine these relics. The MahaStupa will be a site of pilgrimage for the faithful, and a major monument to Buddhism in America. BLI hopes that the stupa and the relics will inspire people from all backgrounds to walk the path of kindness and virtue.