Gyalwang Drukpa,spiritual head of Drukpa Buddhists presented the holy relic the Buddha’s bone relic to Sri Lanka.
The relic was presented by the Gyalwang Drukpa at a glittering ceremony held at Temple Trees,the official residence of the President Mahinda Rajapaksha,who accepted the holy offering on behalf of the people of Sri Lanka in a gathering which included ambassadors,and over 500 monks,nuns and followers from across 26 countries.
After Buddha Shakyamuni passed into Mahaparinirvana,his relics were divided among his disciples and Buddhist kingdoms. The bone relics became the priceless treasure of Nalanda University. In the 11th century,Indian pandit Naropa was offered these precious relics. He gave them along with his own six bone ornaments and many other priceless relics to Marpa,his chief disciple from Tibet.
Marpa passed these relics along with the six ornaments to his own chief disciple,Ngokton Choku Dorje,who had to safely keep these relics until seven generations later,so that they would be returned to the “rightful owner”.
As prophesied,Ngok’s descendent returned these treasures to Naropa’s very own reincarnation,the 2nd Gyalwang Drukpa.
Since then,successive reincarnations of the Gyalwang Drukpa have been the guardians and keepers of the precious relics.
President Rajapaksha,while receiving the Holy Relic said,”Lord Buddha is a true epitome of peace,and this gift is a true recognition of the efforts of the country to follow the path of peace and harmony.
“The past one month,as we traversed the nation from south to north,from Kataragama to Jaffna,there was only one overwhelming feeling that we had,that the country has truly embarked on a new and peaceful journey shunning its past 3 decades of violence and bloodshed,” said Gyalwang Drukpa said.