|May 4, 2012|
Buddha's parietal-bone relic flown back to Nanjing
Macao:After a 10-day tour in Hong Kong and Macao, the parietal
bone of Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism, was flown back to Nanjing, the capital
of Jiangsu Province from Macao on Friday. The parietal-bone relic left the Macao
International Airport by a chartered plane at 12:00 a.m., making it a great success
that for the first time the parietal bone was worshipped outside the Chinese mainland.
On Friday morning, a grand ceremony was held in the Macao East Asian Games Dome,
where the remains had been enshrined for five days. Over 1,000 people attended
the ceremony, including eminent Buddhist monks from the mainland and Macao . During
the 5-day public obeisance in Macao , more than 140 thousand Buddhist devotees
have paid homage to the sacred relic. The worship event is being jointly hosted
by the Buddhist Association of China, the Hong Kong Buddhist Association, an organizing
committee in Macao and the Buddhist Association of Jiangsu. The parietal bone
of Sakyamuni had been unearthed in 2008 when archaeologists discovered unexpectedly
a crypt in the ruins of the Changgan Temple which was built in Song Dynasty (A.D.
960-1279) during the excavation works at the Nanjing Grand Bao'en Temple.
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