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Buddha's cremated remains found in China

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PersonFromPorlock

DNA won't tell if it's Buddha, but it will tell if it's all the same person. Or at least, if any of it is from different people.

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OverSword
2 hours ago, PersonFromPorlock said:

DNA won't tell if it's Buddha, but it will tell if it's all the same person. Or at least, if any of it is from different people.

Also if the remains came from the correct part of the world to be Buddha's.

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bison

At this flurry of interest in his supposed remains, Gautama might sigh, and recall the teaching attributed to him, about looking where he pointed his finger, rather than at the finger itself.

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pallidin

"According to historical accounts, around 1,000 years ago two monks spent the better part of two decades gathering together all of the bone fragments they could find of the Buddha."

What, was he blown apart or eaten by animals?

No, he was cremated.

Two decades??? Typical Zen mentality to need 20 years to collect bone fragments.

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Vox

Will this be like the pieces of the True Cross that if put together would make a whole ship? Maybe all the ash will make a Nephilim? ;)

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DieChecker

Considering that even 1000 years ago was 1500 years Post-Buddha, it would be lucky if a single fragment came from the original Buddha. And like was said, it will be impossible to determine if it is or not, since there is nothing to directly compare to. And that is all if this is the same box the monks actually gathered the bones into. Lots of "if"s and "maybe"s here.

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Crazy Horse

At the time of Buddha's cremation, all the ashes and bone, teeth, would have been sifted and regarded in the highest possible way. They would have been distributed to various monasteries. There is a temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka with what is given to be the Buddha's tooth.

Back in the day, Chineese monks would travel for years and year to India and back, risking life and limb to go fetch sacred texts. They may have been given some remains of the Buddha, it's possible.

 

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switchopens

Suuuuure they were!

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quiXilver

well... there's that then.

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Jon the frog

How long it take to a sepulture to be considered like something you can dig in ?

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