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Worship (Dhātu Pūjā)

The Buddha's relics are worthy of worship for historical, and religious reasons and should be respected highly. Anyone who owns them should keep them nicely.

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How to perform worship

Prepare yourself by cleaning body and mind and preparing the container with jasmine wherever the Buddha's relics are. Lighting incense and candles and keep your mind calm and bow 3 times saying a prayer in Pali.

Namo tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammā-Sambuddhassa (3 times)
(Homage to the Blessed One, the Prefect One, the Fully-Enlightened One)

"Ahaṃ vandami dhurato
Ahaṃ vandami dhātuyo
Ahaṃ vandami sabbaso"

Further than the worship with fragment things one can worship by practicing well and with integrity which is the praised way by our Lord Buddha. In general, we normally do worship by practicing in Aṭṭhaṅgika-magga (the Noble Eightfold Path) as briefly:

1. Worship with Sīla (precepts) which is the basis of all good practicing as a protection against all bad things, no sadness and to be ready for further concentration such as Sammāvācā Sammākammanta Sammā-ājiva

2. Worship with Samādhi (concentration) which is the way to build up the strong mind of oneself to be able to consider dhamma rules as the way of existence such as Sammāvāyāma Sammāsati Sammāsamādhi

3. Worship with Pañña (wisdom) which is the way of Tilakkhaṇa (the 3 characteristics of existence) by using wisdom one's wisdom to consider the realities as per the 3 characteristics of existence such as Sammādiṭṭhi Sammāsaṅkappa

Furthermore, this relics worship can be used with the Anussati (Buddha's remembrance) as follows:

1. Buddhānussati (recollection of the Buddha; contemplation on the virtues of the Buddha)
:- after worshipping the relics, we should recollect the kindness of Lord Buddha

2. Dhammānussati (recollection of the Dhamma; contemplation on the virtues of the Doctrine)
:- after worshipping the relics, we should recollect the Dhamma achievement to transform normal bones into relics.

3. Saṅghānussati (recollection of the Sangha; contemplation on the virtues of the Order)
:- after worshipping the relics, we should recollect the kindness of the Sangha.

4. Sīlānussati (recollection of morality; contemplation on ones own morals)
:- after worshipping the relics, we should recollect the Sīla achievement to transform normal bones into relics.

5. Cāgānussati (recollection of liberality; contemplation on ones own liberality)
:- after worshipping the relics, we should recollect all donations we have made.

6. Devatānussati (recollection of deities; contemplation on the virtues which make people become gods as can be found in oneself)
:- after worshipping the relics, we should recollect how the Dhamma made normal people into devas or gods who protect relics.

7. Maraṇassati (mindfulness of death; contemplation on death)
:- after worshipping the relics, we should recollect about death which no one can run away from, even the Arahants.

8. Kāyagatā-sati (mindfulness occupied with the body; contemplation on the 32 impure parts of the body)
:- after worshipping the relics, we should recollect that our bodies are not beautiful for long. After death, they shall be only skeletons.

9. Upasamānussati (recollection of peace; contemplation on the virtues of Nibbāna)
:- after worshipping the relics, we should recollect Nibbana which has been achieved by all Arahants.

10. Ānāpānasati (mindfulness on breathing)
:- after worshipping the relics, we should bring our awareness to our in and out breathing.

 

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