(WAki International Media Center 4th June) The speech of Dr. Teo Choo Guan, President of Waki Relic Museum on 31st May 2022.
Good morning to Chief Rev. B.Sri Saranankara Maha Thera, all the Sangha members, relatives, friends and all Waki Family members. In the past 2 years, we were only able to gather via zoom due to the covid-19 pandemic. But today, which is an auspicious day, we are honor to be able to witness together the Presentation of Buddha and Arahants’ relics to Sangha Members from Sri Lanka for enshrining in 17 temples in Sri Lanka.
My heartfelt thanks that we met the late Sayadaw U Kittivara, who was so trusting and supportive to us during his lifetime. Therefore, we will carry out the Relic Missionary works continually and fulfill the wishes of the late Sayadaw on preserving and enshrining the Buddha and His Disciples’ relics to flourish and propagate Buddhism to another 2,500 years. Waki Relic Museum will make 1,000 of Acrylic Relic Pagodas of 75cm height to be enshrined in the temples around the world, and we will build 84,000 of Acrylic Pagodas of 38cm height and 3D Relic Pagoda to be enshrined in the temples and for the devotees to enshrine at their homes to flourish and propagate the Buddha Sasana.
Waki Relic Pagoda is octagonal shape pagoda with three different parts namely, base, body and the top. Relics are the symbolic essence of Buddhism, it also increases our faith in the Dharma. Therefore, we are sincerely thankful that we have the chance in this lifetime to offer and enshrine the Relics as well as practice the dharma.
Today, Waki Relic Musuem offers Relics of Shakyamuni Buddha & Five Hundred Arahant’s 3D Waki Relic Pagodas to be enshrined in 17 temples in Sri Lanka.
The Relics enshrined in the Pagoda are as follows:
- Blood and Brain Relics of Shakyamuni Buddha
- Relics of Arahant Revata
- Relics of Arahant Moggallana
- Relics of Arahant Ananda
- Relics of Arahant Katyayana
- Relics of Arahant SIvali
- Relics of Arahant Sariputta
- Relics of Arahant Bakkula
- Relics of Arahant Five hundred Arahants
Furthermore, the Relics in Waki Relic Museum mainly come from Parami Temple. We are so blessed to have this chance to enshrine and pay homage to the Relics that have been preserved well and passed down from generation to generation by the Sangha members and Buddhist devotees. Therefore, we appreciate the chance to enshrine and preserve them continually for another coming 2500 years.
Lastly, I would like to thank the Chief Rev and Sangha members from Sri Lanka for enshrine and giving us the blessings. Besides, thanks to all the guests for taking your time to participate in and witness this ceremony. I wish all of you good health, wisdom, good business and wishes to be fulfilled and free from the disaster. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu.