WAKi Relic Musuem & Wihara Ekayana Arama held the Procession & Exhibition of Buddha & his Disciples
WAKi Relic Musuem & Wihara Ekayana Arama held the Procession & Exhibition of Buddha & his Disciples Relics in Jakarta
(WAKi International Media Center, January 3, 2023) The Procession & Exhibition of Buddha & His Disciples’ Relics and Mahapitaka was held in Wihara Ekayana Arama, Jakarta, Indonesia on 17th December 2022 . The most respected Venerable Bhikkhu Aryamaitri (Abbot of the Wihara Ekayana Arama) and Venerable Bhikkhu Dharmavimala led hundreds of sangha members and devotees carried the Buddha and His Disciples’ relics by hand and sedan chair, parade from Ekayana Ghra to the main enshrinement hall of Wihara Ekayana Arama
The activities of the event included the president of WAKi Relic Musuem , Malaysia - Dr. Teo Choo Guan presented sacred Buddha and his Disciples’ relics to Wihara Ekayana Arama, which received by Venerable Bhikkhu Aryamaitri. Moreover, the Waki Relic Pagodas were offered and will be enshrined in 92 temples in Indonesia. Since October 2022, there were 33 temples in Indonesia had received the WAKi Relic Pagoda. Therefore, 22 provinces of Indonesia, where included Jakarta, Papua, Kalimantan, West Nusa Tenggara, Banjarmasin, Aceh, Pekan Baru , Medan and so on have enshrined the WAKi Relic Pagoda.
Buddhism spreads to Indonesia since the fifth century AD, the Borobudur temple also known as “Thousand Buddha Pagoda”, which enshrines the relics of the Buddha, is one of the four ancient wonders in the East. The architecture of the Borobudur temple shows and records many important stories, figures and wisdom of the Buddhism. Meanwhile, it preserves the glorious history and culture of Buddhism in Indonesia, which has become the pride of Indonesians.
Relics are the holy veneration from the Buddha and his disciples for devotees to enshrine and pay homage. The relics of the Buddha have been divided and distributed to three places, which are deva realm, naga realm and human realm for enshrinement. The relics in the human realm are divided by Drona Brahmin into 8 portions for eight kings to enshrine in the pagodas. After 200 years later, the King Ashoka had built 84,000 stupas and enshrined relics of the noble ones to distribute to all over Asia countries, and thus many people began to have faith in Buddhism and be able to follow the path of the Buddha until today.
The President of WAKi Relic Musuem Dr. Teo Choo Guan said in his speech, today, representatives from different countries have gathered here to build and receive the
relics of the Buddha and his disciples to enshrine in many different parts of the world. Our presence here is not a coincidence. We are able to meet today on this joyous occasion because of the good deeds we have done in this life.
Thankful for the great virtues of the Buddha, as the guardian of the light to the Buddhism and connect Buddhists globally in this new era. May the Buddha's light brighten up our heart and build up our faith towards the triple gems for us to follow the teaching of the Buddha. Eventually we are free from sufferings and be able to attain Nibbana. Therefore, I hope we will continue this missionary effort together to flourish and propagate the Buddha sasana to another 2500 years. Lastly, thank your for the support and blessing from the Venerable Bhikkhu Aryamaitri , Venerable Bhikkhu Dharmavimala and sangha members.