The ceremony started 45 minutes prior to the general admittance of the public. The Yucatan Times had the opportunity to witness the ceremony first hand, for the placement of the sacred relics of Gautama Buddha and many other famous personalities of Buddhism.
The exhibition offers various “rituals” that can be performed by any person willing to interact with the relics. One example of this sort of activity is the “Buddha child”, this figure is a semi submerged figure placed amid a bowl, full of water with saffron and the attendants can give the child ” baths “. This serves as a purification process from any personal conflicts one might suffer.
The oldest relics displayed are over 2500 years old and some of them belonged to Shakyamuni Buddha.
Some of the oldest relics were obtained after the cremation of Buda’s body, little “crystal pearls” remained in the ashes, and they have been preserved intact until these days.
The exhibition is chronologically ordered from the oldest to the most recent relics. These vary from hair samples, tissue from the tunic and the pebble like balls from the ashes.
There are also instruments to create sound like bells and a copper bowl. The main function is to help people meditate and relax.
The use of these instruments also represents the permanence of things, which serves to reminds us that everything has a beginning and an end.
The Yucatan Times found very interesting to know that the most important qualities in which Buddhism is based, are generosity, wisdom, and the exaltation of human potential and human nature.
The “extremely valuable” is the pre name that is given to certain characters of Buddhism to emphasize that they were not ordinary people, but persons that in heart and mind had no other thought than that of benefiting others.
It is also tradition that when ordered, a new name is given to them , similar to the tradition with the Popes in the Catholic Church.
The prayer wheel” was a little round metal artifact that caught our eye.
It supposedly emanates energy to benefit other beings when its spinning, and it is believed that helps humans beings with any suffering that they might have.
To conclude the explanation, our guide Neus Molina reminded us that we are not a sole entity, and we do not suffer alone, but there´s a lot of people out there that have the same concerns and sometimes even bigger problems and Buddhism is a way to pacify one self.
The Yucatan Times
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