How great and precious! The shrines of Buddha and Boddhittvas! It's not easy to see them at one time, in one place. The True Enlightenment Practitioners Association held a relic ceremony on September 8, 2013, for shrines of Buddha Shakyamuni, Avalokiteśvara, and Boddhisattva Xuanzang.
The photos below are not so sharp as the real shrines. But they are still very precious.
Alayavijnana is the root of Buddha Dharma. All Buddhas in all universes teach the same dharma: Alayavijnana. The shrines show us that Buddha Shakyamuni and Avalokiteśvara are historical persons, they are neither fictional nor imaginary figures. In the other hand, the shrines tell us Alayavijnana is the unique one what all Buddhas and Boddhisattvas teach. Alayavijnana is the root of Buddha Dharma and the goal of Buddhist practices. No one can become Buddha without Alayavijnana. Alayavijnana is so important that It has to be taught generation to generation in Buddhist circle. How great and precious! The True Enlightenment Practitioners Association is the center to teach Alayavijnana.
Buddha Shakyamuni's shrines in crystal stupa.
There is a magnifier before them to help people watch more clear.
Three shrines of Buddha Shakyamuni.
Very white, very beautiful.
A little bit like pearls, but much much more beautiful than them.
The shrine of Avalokiteśvara is beautiful like a ruby,
but much much more beautiful.
No wordly words can describe it.
Introduction from Encyclopædia Britannica: Xuanzang, Wade-Giles romanization Hsüan-tsang, original name Chen Yi, honorary epithet San-tsang, also called Muchatipo, Sanskrit Mokshadeva, or Yuanzang (born 602, Goushi, Luozhou, now Yanshi, Henan province, China—died 664, Chang'an, now Xi'an, China), Buddhist monk and Chinesepilgrim to India who translated the sacred scriptures of Buddhism from Sanskrit into Chinese and founded in China the Buddhist Consciousness Only school. His fame rests mainly on the volume and diversity of his translations of the Buddhist sutras and on the record of his travels in Central Asia and India, which, with its wealth of detailed and precise data, has been of inestimable value to historians and archaeologists. (http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/274015/Xuanzang)
Source of photos: True Enlightenment Newsletter, Vol. 98, January 2014