Relics Of Buddhism And Buddhism

847 Words Mar 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Relics are thought to be present in Buddhism since the 5th Century B.C.E, when the original Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, was said to have lived, and Buddhism itself was a new religion. They continue today as sacred objects of worship. Relics that are as old as Buddhism itself are said to exist and still be worshipped. Although the idea of relics may seem contradictory to many of Buddhist beliefs, they actually do resonate with many ideals of Buddhist teachings and practices. To see whether relics pose a contradiction between doctrine and practice, we first need to see exactly what relics in Buddhism are. The word relic itself has many meanings including “something left behind”, “the body or bodily frame”, “constituent element or essential ingredient” and many more interpretations. In Buddhism, relics are body parts and/or any physical remains of a highly regarded Buddha or monk. They are held in stupas, constructed dome shaped structures, associated with Buddhas or other powerful beings. Relics are worshiped just as sacred objects and other things in a temple would be. A large appeal of relics is that they are portable and are an easy way to closer with the Buddha itself. “When relics are present the Buddha is present,” quoted Schopen, describing just how connected relics are believed to be to these powerful beings. Relics are, therefore, an important aspect of worship and relation to the Buddha in this religion. How then could they be contradictory to the doctrine of…
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