Relics: A Resource Guide
Relics can include bone relics of a holy person or fragments of close physical possessions, such as robes, and can also include certain very blessed mantras found in sutras and tantras, known as dharmakaya relics (the actual presence of the enlightened mind in the world). The most visually unique relics in the Buddhist tradition, however, are the pearl-like crystals found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. The relics are considered a result of the master’s special compassion and wisdom, and are often enshrined in stupas.
"An Essay on Relics," by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
"The Benefits of Relics," Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche
The Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras
Leaving a statue empty is like offering nothing to the buddhas and can create obstacles. Therefore, it is important to put something inside the statue, even as little as a few mantras and some incense.
According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, “The Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras are the main mantras that give power to holy objects. They are what make holy objects most powerful and beneficial, and make it easy for sentient beings to purify negative karma and collective extensive merit. It is like having thousands of atomic bombs to purify negative karma.”
“The Four Dharmakaya Mantras are a sacred relic. They are the highest relics of Buddha, relics of the dharmakaya. Other relics, the ones that we normally see, such as relics of the robes or parts of Buddha’s holy body, are secondary relics. These four mantras are the highest relics.”
As such, FPMT Education Services has made available for free download the four dharmakaya relic mantras, formatted for rolling.
"The Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras and Their Benefits," by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
|When you see holy beings' relics, think in the following way: ‘At this time, these holy beings are benefiting us by emanating relics that enable us to accumulate merit and purify negativities, thereby leading us to liberation and enlightenment.|