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Chinese Buddha sacred tooth relic conveyed to Myanmar for obeisance

2011-11-06 07:32:47 GMT2011-11-06 15:32:47(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Working staff carry Lord Buddha Tooth Relic to head for Myanmar from the Lingguang Temple in western Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 6, 2011. The sacred tooth relic, which is treasured in the Lingguang Temple, will head for Myanmar and tour three cities of the country until Dec. 24. This is the fourth enshrinement visit of the Buddha's tooth relic to the neighboring nation of Myanmar, following those paid in 1955, 1994 and 1996. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

Monks and worshippers attend a religious service for Lord Buddha Tooth Relic at the Lingguang Temple in western Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 6, 2011. The sacred tooth relic, which is treasured in the Lingguang Temple, will head for Myanmar and tour three cities of the country until Dec. 24. This is the fourth enshrinement visit of the Buddha's tooth relic to the neighboring nation of Myanmar, following those paid in 1955, 1994 and 1996. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

Working staff carry Lord Buddha Tooth Relic to head for Myanmar from the Lingguang Temple in western Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 6, 2011. The sacred tooth relic, which is treasured in the Lingguang Temple, will head for Myanmar and tour three cities of the country until Dec. 24. This is the fourth enshrinement visit of the Buddha's tooth relic to the neighboring nation of Myanmar, following those paid in 1955, 1994 and 1996. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

Wang Zuo'an (R Front), head of China's State Administration for Religious Affairs, and Thura U Myint Maung (L Front), minister of religious affairs of Myanmar, attend a handover ceremony for Lord Buddha Tooth Relic of China in enshrinement visit to Myanmar, in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 6, 2011. The sacred tooth relic, which is treasured in the Lingguang Temple, will head for Myanmar and tour three cities of the country until Dec. 24. This is the fourth enshrinement visit of the Buddha's tooth relic to the neighboring nation of Myanmar, following those paid in 1955, 1994 and 1996. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

Monks carry Lord Buddha Tooth Relic to head for Myanmar from the Lingguang Temple in western Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 6, 2011. The sacred tooth relic, which is treasured in the Lingguang Temple, will head for Myanmar and tour three cities of the country until Dec. 24. This is the fourth enshrinement visit of the Buddha's tooth relic to the neighboring nation of Myanmar, following those paid in 1955, 1994 and 1996. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

Wang Zuo'an (C), head of China's State Administration for Religious Affairs, attends a religious service for Lord Buddha Tooth Relic at the Lingguang Temple in western Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 6, 2011. The sacred tooth relic, which is treasured in the Lingguang Temple, will head for Myanmar and tour three cities of the country until Dec. 24. This is the fourth enshrinement visit of the Buddha's tooth relic to the neighboring nation of Myanmar, following those paid in 1955, 1994 and 1996. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

NAY PYI TAW, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese Buddha sacred tooth relic was conveyed to Myanmar's new capital of Nay Pyi Taw Sunday afternoon for 48-day public obeisance in the country under the escort of venerable monks.

It is the fourth time that the Chinese Buddha sacred tooth relic was brought to the country for obeisance 15 years after the last conveyance.

Arriving along with the special plane which carried the sacred tooth relic were a Chinese Buddhist delegation led by Director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs of China Wang Zuoan and tooth relic escort team, and Myanmar Religious Affairs Minister Thura U Myint Maung who specially went in advance to Beijing to greet the tooth relic.

Myanmar held a grand ceremony at the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport to greet the arriving tooth relic in accordance with Buddhist practice with national characteristics.

Vice-President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham and other high government officials, representatives of Buddhist circle and followers totaling about 2,000 greeted the Buddha sacred tooth relic at the airport.

The sacred tooth relic is being transferred to colorful floats and white-elephant-decorated vehicles and heading for Nay Pyi Taw' s Uppatasanti Pagoda where President U Thein Sein, along with 6, 000 Buddhist followers, is awaiting for greeting the relic for paying homage.

The Chinese tooth relic will be kept in Myanmar for a total of 48 days for public obeisance from Nov. 6 to Dec. 24 covering three major cities -- Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay.

Of Myanmar's 60-million population, over 80 percent believe in Buddhism. The conveyance of the Chinese sacred tooth relic to Myanmar represents not only a major event of the Buddhist believers but also a fine story of China-Myanmar friendship.

Buddhist culture exchange plays an important part in China- Myanmar friendly exchange, enhancing the understanding and mutual trust between the two peoples.

At the invitation of successive Myanmar governments, the Chinese Buddha sacred tooth relic had been conveyed to Myanmar three times in 1955-56, 1994 and 1996-97 respectively.

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