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Monday, March 19, 2018

The expert: who do may belong found in China, “Buddha’s ashes”

News from the world of archaeology: in China found the remains of Buddha, but it is not accurate. Five years ago, local residents in the repair of roads across the box. As it turned out, is not simple: ceramic Millennium thing, the lid of which was written about the origins of the remains inside. The ashes belonged to (according to this inscription) no less the founder of Buddhism Buddha Shakyamuni. And although to say exactly whose remains were stored in the box it is impossible, archaeologists say a large cultural significance of the finds. Recall that the founder of Buddhism, died about 2,500 years ago.

photo: Lily Sharlovskoe

– In principle according to the standard rules of any Buddhist pagoda, in China, in India, must be installed necessarily on some Buddha’s ashes, says a leading Russian specialist in the field of spiritual and cultural traditions of the Chinese civilization Alexey Maslov. – It could be a finger, it could be a tooth. Here the sacred ashes called sarira. But since these sarir, for technical reasons, never had, and then began to use the remains of humans, who anyway was a great Buddhist, or was the incarnation of the Buddha. Because technically the Buddha is not only the Prince Gautama who lived in India, Buddha can be anyone. For example, in Tibetan Buddhism in General is the concept of the living Buddha. It is not necessary that we should talk about the dust of Gautama Buddha… and although they say that this is Gautama, it is impossible to install. To set this can only be a DNA test, but we then need to know the original DNA of the Buddha, which we have. To China from India brought a lot of things that were called sariram. These are the ashes of Buddha, Buddha’s hair. The Chinese have accepted them for the truth. But none of this, of course, did not check. Then there are fakes in China were not less than a fake shroud of Christ. China is nicer to give it all for true, but there’s no evidence…

In addition, archaeologists from the cultural heritage Institute of archaeology of Gansu province, found the same 260 statues. It is unknown whether they were buried along with the casket: it does not mention anything about the statues. It became known that the statues the height of two meters made between 386-534 years and years 960-1279, that is, between the time of the reign of the Northern Wei dynasty and the song dynasty. The sculptures represent Buddhist deities: Bodhisattvas (seekers of enlightenment), Arhat (who found enlightenment) and the Heavenly Kings.

– It only indicates that the status of the box was high, – the expert continues, – but not automatically indicates that it is the remains of the Buddha. Well, for example, almost all major Chinese temples even without these sarir installed a minimum of 18 and maximum of 250 statues of his closest disciples. Just Bodhisattvas, Arhats, and so forth. It just indicates that it was a high status ritual center. I noticed that Buddhism in General, it does not matter whether it’s true or not remains. If this place is sacred, it was regarded by local Buddhists as a strong place from the point of view of grace, for a Buddhist, it doesn’t matter. Not important what the Buddhists suggest that the physical body of the Buddha died, decayed and was divided into parts. While his spiritual body lives forever and it can sense any person who properly prays or meditates properly. And the truth remains relegated to the background, it is paid less importance than in Christianity.


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